2015 SACRPH Biennial Awards Competition

SACRPH enthusiastically invites nominations for the 2015 awards competition. The awards will be presented at the society’s 16th National Conference on Planning History, to be held in Los Angeles, California, on November 5-8, 2015.

Deadline to apply for Publication Prizes and Teaching Award: August 1, 2015
Deadline to apply for Conference Paper Prizes and Student Travel Awards: August 15, 2015

For lists of past winners, please click on the titles of the individual awards.


(for work published between August 2013 and July 2015)

Lewis Mumford Prize ($250)
Best book on American city and regional planning history.

Please send or direct your publisher to send one copy to each of the following three addresses:

Prize Committee:

Georgina Hickey (Chair)
(University of Michigan, Dearborn)
838 Juneau Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Suleiman Osman
American Studies Department
George Washington University
2108 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Ann Forsyth
Department of Urban Planning and Design
Harvard GSD
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize ($250)
Best scholarly article on American city and regional planning history in any journal.

Please send a PDF of your published article to Victoria Wolcott (vwwolcot@buffalo.edu).

Prize Committee:
Victoria Wolcott, University of Buffalo (Chair)
Kwame Holmes, University of Colorado, Boulder
Randall Mason, University of Pennsylvania


John Reps Prize ($250)
Best master’s thesis and best doctoral dissertation in American city and regional planning history.

Please submit one copy of your manuscript to each of the addresses below (where emails are indicated, electronic submissions are welcomed; otherwise, please mail a hard copy):

Prize Committee

Mark Rose (Chair)
Department of History
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton FL 33431

Daniel Campo
(Morgan State University)
296 Garfield Place, #3R
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Jennifer Light
Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., E51-173
Cambridge, MA 02139


Journal of Planning History Prize ($100)
Best article published in the Journal of Planning History.

Authors do not need to submit copies. All articles published between August 2013 and May 2015 (inclusive) will be considered.

Prize Committee:
Gabrielle Esperdy, New Jersey Institute of Technology (Chair)
Jordan Stanger-Ross, University of Victoria
Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego


(for papers accepted for presentation at the 16th National Conference on Planning History, Los Angeles, California, November 5-8, 2015)

Francois Auguste de Montequin Prize ($1000)
Best conference paper on the topic of North American colonial planning history.

Details to be announced


Student Paper Prize ($100)
Best conference paper submitted by a full-time student.

For consideration, students should send their paper as a PDF to Angel Nieves (anieves@hamilton.edu).

Prize Committee:
Angel Nieves, Hamilton College (Chair)
Erica Allen-Kim, University of Toronto
Katie Schank, George Washington University



Laurence Gerckens Prize ($250)
Awarded to a scholar-teacher who has demonstrated sustained teaching excellence and educational leadership in the field of planning history. Teaching excellence refers to the nominee’s influence in the classroom. Educational leadership involves, among other things, curriculum development, colleague and student mentoring, and pedagogical publishing.

Letters of nomination should be sent electronically to Marta Gutman (mgutman@ccny.cuny.edu).

Prize Committee:
Marta Gutman, City University of New York (Chair)
Diane Harris, University of Utah
Isabelle Gournay, University of Maryland
Alex Von Hoffman, Harvard University
Carl Nightingale, University of Buffalo


4. STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS (up to $250 each)
The Robert S. Birch Endowment supports the activities of students within SACRPH and helps fund travel to the conference for students whose proposals have been accepted by the program committee. Individual grants will not exceed $250.

Students presenting papers should send an electronic copy of the paper to Todd Michney (todd.michney@utoledo.edu).

Prize Committee:
Todd Michney, University of Toledo (Chair)
Ocean Howell, University of Oregon
Kirin Makker, Hobart and William Smith College


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