2013 SACRPH Biennial Awards Competition

The following awards were presented at SACRPH’s 15th National Conference on Planning History,
held in Toronto, Canada, October 3-6, 2013. For lists of past winners, please click on the titles of the individual awards.  SACRPH will announce the next awards competition in Spring 2015.


(for work published between August 2011 and July 2013)

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

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

Honorable Mention
Gregory L. Heller, Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania, 2013).
Sarah Jo Peterson, Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Pennsylvania, 2013).


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

Martin Meeker, “The Queerly Disadvantaged and the Making of San Francisco’s War on Poverty, 1964-1967,” Pacific Historical Review (January 2012).


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

Francesca Russello Ammon, “Culture of Clearance: Waging War on the Landscape in Postwar America” (Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University, 2012).
Brian David Goldstein, “A City Within a City: Community Development and the Struggle Over Harlem, 1961-2001″ (Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 2013).


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

Jatinder Singh and Amita Sinha, “Jamshedpur: Planning an Ideal Steel City in India,” Journal of Planning History (November 2011).


(for papers accepted for presentation at the 15th National Conference on Planning History, Toronto, Canada, October 3-6, 2013)

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

Benjamin Sacks, Princeton University, “Constructing the West Indies: Utopian Island Plans and Sustainable Development in the Ceded Islands, 1763-1783.”


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

Michael P. McCulloch, University of Michigan, “Detroit’s Other Industry: Real Estate and the Culture of Elusive Security.”

Honorable Mention
Katie Schank, George Washington University, “‘Better Than 10,000 Words:’ Photographs, The Atlanta Housing Authority, and the Construction of Public Housing’s Early Image, 1938-1948.”



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.

Dolores Hayden, Yale University.


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.

Wesley Aelbrecht
George Born
Melissa Charenko
Melissa Haeffner
Laurel Harbin
Benjamin Holtzman
Marc Howlett
Benyan Jiang
Shannon Murray
Sara Patenaude
Ryan Reft
Anne Reilly
Katie Schank
Maki Smith
Chloe Taft
Linh Tong
Allison Ward


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