2015 SACRPH Biennial Awards Competition

SACRPH congratulates the recipients of the 2015 publication and teaching prizes, which were announced at the 16th National Conference on Planning History, held in Los Angeles, California, on November 5-8, 2015. SACRPH awards prizes every two years. The call for nominations for the next awards competition will be announced in early 2017.

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.

William Philpott, Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the the Colorado High Country (University of Washington Press, 2013).

Honorable Mention
N.D.B. Connolly, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press, 2014).


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

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


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

Chloe Taft Kang, “From Steel to Slots: Landscapes of Economic Change in Postindustrial Bethlehem, PA” (Ph.D. diss., Yale University, 2014).


Emily Remus, “The Making of the Consumer City: Gender, Space, and Class in Chicago, 1871-1914” (Ph.D. diss., University of Chicago, 2014).


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

Damon Scott, “Before the Creative Class: Blight, Gay Movies, and Family Values in the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood, ” Journal of Planning History 14, no. 2 (May 2015): 149-173.

Honorable Mention
Domenic Vitiello and Catherine Brinkley, “The Hidden History of Food System Planning,” Journal of Planning History 13, no. 2 (May 2014): 91-112.


(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.

Not awarded


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

M.E.L. Speller (Johns Hopkins University), “From Redliners to Reinvestors: Subdividing the City of St. Louis in the 1970s.”



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.

Mary Ryan (Johns Hopkins 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.


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