Past Awards



(Awarded Annually)

Koji Hirata, "Mao’s Steeltown: Industrial City, Colonial Legacies, and Local Political Economy in Early Communist China," Journal of Urban History 1:26 (2021): 26 pp. (1-26).

Bench Ansfield, "The Broken Windows of the Bronx: Putting the Theory in Its Place.” American Quarterly 72, no. 1 (2020): 103-127. [co-recipient]

Hannah Kim, "Death in Philadelphia, 1958 The Murder of In-Ho Oh and the Politics of Cold War America." Pacific Historical Review 89, no. 2 (2020): 232-263 [co-recipient]

Mike Amezcua “A Machine in the Barrio: Chicago’s Conservative Colonia and the Remaking of Latino Politics in the 1960s and 1970s,” The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 12, no. 1 (2019): 95-120.

Tasha Rijke-Epstein “The Politics of Filth: Sanitation, Work, and Competing Moralities in Urban Madagascar, 1890s-1977,” Journal of African History 60, no. 2 (2019): 229-256.

Andrew Pope, “Making Motherhood a Felony: African American Women’s Welfare Rights Activism in New Orleans & the End of Suitable Home Laws, 1959-1962,” Journal of American History 105:2 (September 2018): 291-310.

Emily Callaci, "Street Textuality: Socialism, Masculinity, and Urban Belonging in Tanzania's Pulp Fiction Publishing Industry, 1975-1985,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 59:1 (January 2017): 183-210.

Kathryn A. Sloan, "Death and the City: Female Public Suicide and Meaningful Space in Modern Mexico City," Journal of Urban History (March 2016)

Becky M. Nicolaides and James Zarsadiaz, "Design Assimilation in Suburbia: Asian Americans, Built Landscapes, and Suburban Advantage in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Valley since 1970," Journal of Urban History (November 2015). [co-recipient]

Nicolas Kenny, "City Glow: Streetlights, Emotions, and Nocturnal Life, 1880s-1910s," Journal of Urban History (April 2015). [co-recipient]

A.K. Sandoval-Strausz, "Latino Landscapes: Postwar Cities and the Transnational Origins of a New Urban America," Journal of Urban History 101, no. 3 (December 2014): 804-831.

Patricia Acerbi, “’A Long Poem of Walking’: Flaneurs, Vendors, and Chronicles of Post-abolition Rio de Janerio,” Journal of Urban History 40 (January 2014): 97-115. (published on-line 2013)

Martin Meeker, "The Queerly Disadvantaged and the Making of San Francisco's War on Poverty, 1964-1967," Pacific Historical Review 81 (Feb 2012), 21-59.

Amanda I. Seligman, “'But Burn—No’: The Rest of the Crowd in Three Civil Disorders in 1960s Chicago,” Journal of Urban History (March 2011), pp. 230-255.

Heather Ann Thompson, “Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline, and Transformation in Postwar American History” The Journal of American History 97, (Dec. 2010)

Andrew Needham and Allen Dietrich-Ward, "Beyond the Metropolis: Metropolitan Growth and Regional Transformation in Postwar America," Journal of Urban History 35:7 (2009): 943-969.

Wendell Pritchett, "Which Urban Crisis? Regionalism, Race, and Urban Policy, 1960-1974," Journal of Urban History (Jan. 2008), pp. 266-286

Amy Chazkel, “Beyond Law and Order: The Origins of the Jogo do Bicho in Republican Rio de Janeiro,” Journal of Latin American Studies 39 (2007), 535-565.

Coll Thrush, “City of the Changer: Indigenous People and the Transformation of Seattle’s Watersheds,” Pacific Historical Review v. 75, n. 1 (2006), 89-117.

William J. Glover, "Objects, Models, and Exemplary Works: Educating Sentiment in Colonial India," The Journal of Asian Studies 64.3 (August 2005): 539-66

Edward J. Escobar, "Bloody Christmas and the Irony of Police Professionalism: The Los Angeles Police Department, Mexican Americans, and Police Reform in the 1950s," Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 72, No. 2, (2003), 171-199.

Bryant Simon, “New York Avenue: The Life and Death of Gay Spaces in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1920-1990," Journal of Urban History (March, 2002)

Mary Corbin Sies, "North American Suburbs, 1880-1950: Cultural and Social Reconsiderations," The Journal of Urban History 27, No. 3 (March, 2001), 313-346.

Robert Self, "‘To Plan Our Liberation:’ Black Power and the Politics of Place in Oakland, California, 1965-1977. Journal of Urban History 26, No.6 (September, 2000), 759-792.

Andrew Wiese, "The Other Suburbanites: African American Suburbanization in the North before 1950," Journal of American History, 85, No. 4 (March, 1999), 1495-1524.

Raphael Fischler: "Health, Safety, and the General Welfare: Markets, Politics, and Social Science in Early Land-Use Regulation and Community Design," Journal of Urban History 24:6 (September, 1998), 675-719.

Mary Corbin Sies, "Paradise Retained: an Analysis of Persistence in Planned, Exclusive Suburbs, 1880-1980," Planning Perspectives 12 (1997), 165-191.

Lizabeth Cohen, "From Town Center to Shopping Center: The Reconfiguration of Community Marketplaces in Postwar America." American Historical Review, vol. 101 (October, 1996), 1050-81.

Harold L. Platt, "Invisible Gases: Smoke, Gender, and the Redefinition of Environmental Policy in Chicago, 1900-1920," Planning Perspectives 10 (1995), 67-97. [co-recipient]

Thomas J. Sugrue, "Crabgrass-Roots Politics: Race, Rights, and the Reaction against Liberalism in the Urban North, 1940-1964," Journal of American History 82 (1995), 551-578. [co-recipient]

Josef Konvitz, "The Crisis of Atlantic Port Cities, 1880-1920," Comparative Studies in Society & History, 36, No. 2 (April, 1994), 293-318.

Marci Sortor, "Saint-Omer and Its Textile Trade in the Late Middle Ages: A Contribution to the Proto-Industrialization Debate," American Historical Review, 98 (December, 1993), 1475-1499.

Philip J. Ethington, "Recasting Urban Political History: Gender, the Public, the Household, and Political Participation in Boston and San Francisco During the Progressive Era," Social Science History, 18 (Summer, 1992), 301-33.

Richard Harris, "Self-Building in the Urban Housing Market," Economic Geography, 67 (January, 1991), 1-21.

David T. Beito, "The Formation of Urban Infrastructures Through Nongovernmental Planning," Journal of Urban History, 16 (May, 1990), 263-303.

Arnold Hirsch, “E. Pluribus Duo? Thoughts on ‘Whiteness’ and Chicago’s ‘New’ Immigration as a Transient Third Tier,” Journal of American Ethnic History


(Awarded Annually)

 Destin Jenkins, The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City (University of Chicago Press, 2021)

Paige Glotzer, How the Suburbs Were Segregated: Developers and the Business of Exclusionary Housing, 1890–1960. (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Jessica M. Kim, Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941 (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) [co-recipient]

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Racial Migrations: New York City and the Revolutionary Politics of the Spanish Caribbean (Princeton University Press, 2019) [co-recipient]

Elizabeth Todd-Breland, A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s (University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

LaDale Winling, Building the Ivory Tower: Universities and Metropolitan Development in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

Llana Barber, Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945-2000 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

Tyina L. Steptoe, Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City (University of California Press, 2016)

Nancy Kwak, A World of Homeowners: American Power and the Politics of Housing Aid (University of Chicago Press, 2015) [co-recipient]

Benjamin Looker, A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, & Democracy in Postwar America (University of Chicago Press, 2015) [co-recipient]

Marta Gutman, A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscape of Oakland, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014) [Co-recipient]

N. D. B. Connolly, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Making of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press, 2014) [co-recipient] 

Gail Radford, The Rise of the Public Authority: Statebuilding and Economic Development in Twentieth Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Elihu Rubin, Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape (Yale University Press, 2012)

Jerome I. Hodos, Second Cities: Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester and Philadelphia (Temple University Press, 2011).

Monica Perales, Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community (University of North Carolina Press, 2010)

Lisa Keller, Triumph of Order: Democracy & Public Space in New York and London (Columbia University Press, 2009) [co-recipient]

Lisa Levenstein, Movement without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) [co-recipient]

Eric C. Schneider, Smack: Heroin and the American City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008)

David M. P. Freund, Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America (University of Chicago Press, 2007)

Timothy J. Gilfoyle, A Pickpocket’s Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York (W.W. Norton, 2006) 

Howard Gillette, Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005)

Andrew Wiese, Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2004)

Robert O. Self, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princeton University Press, 2003)

Keith Revell, Building Gotham: Civic Culture and Public Policy in New York City, 1898-1938 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002)

Robert M. Fogelson, Downtown, Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950 (Yale University Press, 2001)

Martin Melosi, The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000)

Peter C. Baldwin, Domesticating the Street: The Reform of Public Space in Hartford, 1850-1930 (Ohio State University Press, 1999)

Richard Schneirov, Labor and Urban Politics: Class Conflict and the Origins of Modern Liberalism in Chicago (University of Illinois Press, 1998)

Amy Bridges, Morning Glories: Municipal Reform in the Southwest (Princeton University Press, 1997)

Thomas J. Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton University Press, 1996)

Carol Willis, Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1995)

Carl Smith, Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman (University of Chicago Press, 1994)

Carl Abbott, The Metropolitan Frontier, Cities in the Modern American West (University of Arizona Press, 1993)

Roy Rozenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar, The Park and the People: A History of Central Park (Cornell University Press, 1992)

Roger Lane, William Dorsey’s Philadelphia and Ours, On the Past and Future of the Black City in America (Oxford University Press, 1991)

David Hamer, New Towns in the New World, Images of Nineteenth Century Urban Frontiers (Columbia University Press, 1990)

Stuart M. Blumin, The Emergence of the Middle Class, Social Experience in the American City, 1760-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1989)


(Awarded Annually as of 2022)

Diana J. Montaño, Electrifying Mexico: Technology and the Transformation of a Modern City (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2021). [co-recipient]

Elizabeth LaCouture for Dwelling in the World: Family, House, and Home in Tianjin, China, 1860–1960 (Columbia University Press, August 2021). [co-recipient]

Guy Ortolano, Thatcher's Progress: From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism through an English New Town. (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Di Wang, The Teahouse Under Socialism: The Decline and Renewal of Public Life in Chengdu, 1950-2000 (Cornell University Press, 2018) [co-recipient]

Joseph Ben Prestel, Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910 (Oxford University Press, 2017) [co-recipient]

Su Lin Lewis, Cities in Motion: Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia, 1920-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Ato Quayson, Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2014). [co-recipient]

Alexander M. Martin, Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855 (Oxford University Press, 2013). [co-recipient]

Yair Mintzker, The Defortification of the German City, 1689-1866 (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Grace Karskens, The Colony: A History of Early Sydney (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2010).

Brodwyn Fischer, A Poverty of Rights: Citizenship and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro (Stanford University Press, 2008)

Peter J. Carroll, Between Heaven and Modernity: Reconstructing Suzhou, 1895-1937 (Stanford, 2006). [co-recipient]

Michael Marme, Suzhou: Where the Goods of All the Provinces Converge (Stanford, 2005). [co-recipient]

Di Wang, Street Culture in Chengdu: Public Space, Urban Commoners and Local Politics, 1870-1930 (Stanford University Press, 2004)

Lise A. Waxer, In the City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves, and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia (Wesleyan University Press, 2002)

Hanchao Lu, Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Life in the Early Twentieth Century (University of California Press, 1999)

Brian Ladd, The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape (University of Chicago Press, 1997)

Frederic E. Wakeman Jr., Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937 (University of California Press, 1995)

Peter Jelavich, Berlin Cabaret (Harvard University Press, 1993)

Ted W. Margadant, Urban Rivalries in the French Revolution (Princeton University Press, 1992)

William Rowe, Hankow, Conflict and Community in a Chinese City, 1796-1895 (Stanford University Press, 1989)



(Awarded Annually)

Divya Sethi Subramanian for "Global Townscape: The Rediscovery of Urban Life in the Late Twentieth Century." PhD Dissertation, Columbia University, 2021. [co-recipient]

Mars Plater for "Escaping Gotham: Working People and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle over Urban Nature" [co-recipient]

Adrián Lerner Patrón, "Jungle Cities: The Urbanization of Amazonia.” PhD dissertation, (Yale University, 2020)

Pedro Amaury Regalado Santos “Where Angels Fear to Tread: Latinx Work and the Making of Postindustrial New York City,” PhD Dissertation, (Yale University, 2019)

Andra B. Chastain, “Vehicle of Progress: The Santiago Metro, Technopolitics, and State Formation in Chile, 1965-1989” (Yale University, 2018)

Leif Fredrickson, "The Age of Lead: Metropolitan Change, Environmental Health, and Inner City Underdevelopment in Baltimore," (University of Virginia, 2017)

Josiah Rector, "Accumulating Risk: Environmental Justice and the History of Capitalism in Detroit, 1880-2015," (Wayne State University, 2016)

Andrew Robichaud, "The Animal City: Remaking Human and Animal Lives in America, 1820-1910" (Stanford University, 2015)

Chloe Elizabeth Taft, "From Steel to Slots: Landscapes of Economic Change in Postindustrial Bethlehem, PA" (Yale University, 2014)

David H. Schley, "Making the Capitalist City: The B & O Railroad and Urban Space in Baltimore, 1827-1877," (Johns Hopkins University, 2013)

Catherine McNeur, "The 'Swinish Multitude' and Fashionable Promenades: Battles over Public Space in New York City, 1915-1965" (Yale University, 2012)

Julio Capo, Jr., “‘It’s Not Queer to Be Gay’: Miami and the Emergence of the Gay Rights Movement, 1945 – 1995” (Florida International University, 2011)

Alexia Yates, “Selling Paris: The Real Estate Market and Commercial Culture In The Fin-De-Siecle Capital,” (University of Chicago, 2010).

Andrew Highsmith, "Demolition Means Progress: Race, Class, and the Deconstruction of the American Dream in Flint, Michigan" (University of Michigan, 2009)

Andrew Heath, "The Manifest Destiny of Philadelphia: Imperialism, Republicanism, and the Remaking of a City and its People" (University of Pennsylvania, 2008)

Michael McCoyer, “Darkness of a Different Color: Mexicans and racial formation in Greater Chicago, 1916-1960,” (Northwestern University, 2007).

Emily Gunzburger Makas, “Representing Competing Identities: Building and Rebuilding in Mostar, Bosnia-Hercegovina,” (Cornell University, 2006).

Amy L. Howard, “More Than Shelter: Community, Identity and Spatial Politics in San Francisco, 1938-2000,” (College of William and Mary, 2005)

Christopher Klemek, “Urbanism as Reform: Modernist Planning and the Crisis of Liberalism in Europe and North America, 1945-1975” (University of Pennsylvania, 2004)

Louise Dyble, “Paying the Toll - A Political History of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District, 1923-1971,” (University of California, Berkeley, 2003)

Margaret O'Mara, “Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Politics, Universities, and the Roots of the Information-Age Metropolis, 1945-1970” (University of Pennsylvania, 2002)

Matthew William Klingle, "Urban by Nature: An Environmental History of Seattle, 1880-1970" (University of Washington, 2001)

Marta Ruth Gutman, "On the Ground in Oakland: Women and Institution Building in an Industrial City" (University of California - Berkeley, 2000)

Michael Lerner, "Dry Manhattan: Class, Culture, and Politics in Prohibition-Era New York City, 1919-1933" (New York University, 1999)

Mary Letherd Wingert, "City Limits: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in Urban America, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1834-1934" (Duke University, 1998)

Mark Tebeau, "'Eating Smoke': Masculinity, Technology, and the Politics of Urbanization, 1850-1950" (Carnegie Mellon University, 1997)

Etan S. Diamond, "A Sacred Suburban Subculture: The North American Orthodox Jewish Community, 1950-1985" (Carnegie Mellon University, 1996)

Max Page, "The Creative Destruction of New York City: Landscape, Memory and the Politics of Place, 1900-1930" (University of Pennsylvania, 1995)

Andrew J. Brown-May, "‘The Itinerary of Our Days:’ The Historical Experience of the Street in Melbourne, 1837-1923" (University of Melbourne, 1994)

Thomas W. Hanchett, "Sorting Out the New South City: Charlotte and Its Neighborhoods" (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993)

David O. Stowell, "The Struggle for City Streets: People, Railroads and the Great Strikes of 1877" (S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, 1992)

Eric Todd Sandweiss, "Construction and Community in South St. Louis, 1850-1910" (University of California, Berkeley, 1991)

Karen L. Sawislak, "Smoldering City: Class, Ethnicity, and Politics in Chicago at the Time of the Great Fire" (Yale University, 1990)

Shane L. White, "Somewhat More Independent: The End of Slavery in New York City, 1770-1810" (University of Sydney, 1989)


(Awarded Annually)

Bridget Kelly “‘They Cleaned Me Out Entirely’: An Enslaved Woman’s Experience With General Sherman’s Army” The Metropole blog. Urban History Association. October 4, 2022. 

Brian Whetstone, “‘An Investment and a Home’: How Preservationists Embraced New Roles As Landlords to Battle the Urban Housing Crisis.” The Metropole blog. Urban History Association. September 29, 2021.

Menika Dirkson, “Rivalry in the Trenches: Philadelphia’s PAL and the Black Panther Party’s Efforts to Mold Black Youth into Their Own Image.”, The Metropole blog. Urban History Association, 2020.

Katie Uva, “Funding The World Of Tomorrow: Public-Private Partnerships And The 1939 World’s Fair.”, The Metropole blog. Urban History Association, 2019.

Angela Shope Stiefbold,  “The Value of Farmland: Rural Gentrification and the Movement to Stop Sprawl", The Metropole blog. Urban History Association, 2018

Ryan Donovan Purcell, "Strange Times in New York", The Metropole blog. Urban History Association, 2017.

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