John Reps Prize Winners

Awarded to the best doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis in American city and regional planning history completed in the past two years.


2019Rebecca Summer, “The Urban Alley: A Hidden Landscape of Social Change in Washington, D.C.” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019).
2017Garrett Dash Nelson, "A Place Altogether: Planning and the Search for Unit Landscapes, 1816-1956" (University of Wisconsin, 2016),
Patrick Nugent, "The Urban Environmental Order: Planning and Politics on Staten Island, 1945-1984" (George Washington University, 2016).
2015Chloe Taft Kang, "From Steel to Slots: Landscapes of Economic Change in Postindustrial Bethlehem, PA (Yale University, 2014),
Emily Remus, “The Making of the Consumer City: Gender, Space, and Class in Chicago, 1871-1914" (University of Chicago, 2014).
2013Francesca Russello Ammon, "Culture of Clearance: Waging War on the Landscape in Postwar America" (Yale University, 2012),
Brian David Goldstein, "A City Within a City: Community Development and the Struggle Over Harlem, 1961-2001" (Harvard University, 2013).
2011Emily Lieb, “Row House City: Unbuilding Residential Baltimore, 1940-1980” (Columbia University, 2010).
2009Andrew Highsmith, "Demolition Means Progress: Race, Class, and the Deconstruction of the American Dream in Flint, Michigan" (University of Michigan, 2009).
2007Kelly Anne Quinn, "Making Modern Homes: A History of Langston Terrace Dwellings, A New Deal Housing Program in Washington, D.C." (University of Maryland, 2007).
2005Roberta S. Gold, "City of Tenants: New York's Housing Struggles and the Challenge to Postwar America, 1945-1970" (University of Washington, 2004).
2003Zachary Schrag, “The Washington Metro as Vision and Vehicle, 1955-2001” (Columbia University, 2002).
2001James Buckley, “Building the Redwood Region: The Redwood Lumber Industry and the Landscape of Northern California, 1850-1929 (University of California, Berkeley, 2000).
1999Thomas Campanella, “Republic of Shade: The Emergence of the American Elm as a Cultural and Urban Design Element in Nineteenth-Century New England” (MIT, 1999),
Owen Gutfreund, “Twentieth Century Sprawl: Accommodating the Automobile and the Decentralization of the United States” (Columbia University, 1998).
1997Robin Bachin, “Cultural Boundaries: Constructing Urban Space and Civic Culture on Chicago's South Side, 1890-1919” (University of Michigan, 1996).
1995Alison Isenberg, "Downtown Democracy: Rebuilding Main Street Ideals in the Twentieth Century American City" (University of Pennsylvania, 1995).
1993Greg Hise, “The Roots of the Postwar Urban Region: Mass-housing and Community Planning in California, 1920-1950” (University of California, Berkeley, 1992).


2007Marie Ray Warsh, "'The Truest Reform Work': The Children's School Farm, New York City, 1902-1931" (Bard College, 2007).
2005Francesca Russello Ammon, "Little City, Big Plans: Stories of Asbury Park, New Jersey" (Yale School of Architecture, 2005).
2001Barbara Hahn, “Businessmen, Railroads, and City Planning in Cincinnati, 1869-1933 (University of Cincinnati, 2000).
1999Monica Abeita, “Historical Community Development in North Central New Mexico” (University of New Mexico, 1999).
1995Sean O'Donnell, "Toward Urban Frameworks: Accommodating Change in Urban Cultural Landscapes" (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

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