The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting scholarship on the planning of cities and metropolitan regions over time, and to bridging the gap between the scholarly study of cities and the practice of urban planning. The organization’s members come from a range of professions and areas of interest, and include historians, architects, planners, environmentalists, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, and students and scholars from across the country and around the world. Incorporated in Ohio in 1986 as a not-for-profit and tax exempt organization, SACRPH collects dues and gifts which are tax-deductible. The Society is governed by a Board of Trustees, and serves approximately 300 members in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to sponsoring the biennial National Conference on Planning History, the Society grants prizes and awards for outstanding accomplishments in American planning history, research, teaching, and publication; provides student research awards; produces a semi-annual newsletter; and publishes the quarterly Journal of Planning History.

Executive Officers

President: D. Bradford Hunt, Newberry Library
President-Elect: Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego
Past-President: Margaret Crawford, University of California, Berkeley
Executive Secretary: John McCarthy, Robert Morris University
Treasurer: Walter Greason, Monmouth University and International Center for Metropolitan Growth
Ex Officio as
JPH Co-Editor: Nicholas Dagen Bloom, New York Institute of Technology
Ex Officio as JPH Co-Editor: Sonia Hirt, University of Georgia

Board Members

Francesca Russello Ammon, University of Pennsylvania
Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Rutgers University
Robert Freestone, University of New South Wales
Marta Gutman, City College of New York
Richard Harris, McMaster University
Carola Hein, Delft University of Technology
Matthew Gordon Lasner, Hunter College
Robert Lewis, University of Toronto
Nick Lombardo, University of Toronto
Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland, College Park
Elizabeth Macdonald, University of California, Berkeley
Timothy Mennel, University of Chicago Press
Angel Nieves, Hamilton College
Suleiman Osman, George Washington University
Elihu Rubin, Yale University
Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Cleveland State University
J. Mark Souther, Cleveland State University
Sanjeev Vidyarthi, University of Illinois, Chicago
Rachel Weber, University of Illinois, Chicago

Former Presidents and Board Members

More than 75 individuals have served as board members and officers since SACRPH began more than a quarter century ago.  For a summary of the society’s founders, past presidents, and current and former directors, see this listing of the organization’s past leadership.

Contact Information

John McCarthy
Department of Social Sciences
470 Nicholson Center
Robert Morris University
6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA 15108
(412) 397-5412

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