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: Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego
President-Elect: Marta Gutman, City College of New York
Past-President: D. Bradford Hunt, Loyola University Chicago
Executive Secretary: John McCarthy, Robert Morris University
Treasurer: D. Bradford Hunt, Loyola University Chicago
Ex Officio as JPH Editor: Sonia Hirt, University of Georgia

Board Members

Alex Sayf Cummings, Georgia State University

Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Rutgers University

Stephanie Frank, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Evan Friss, James Madison University

Robert Freestone, University of New South Wales

Paige Glotzer, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Guadalupe García, Tulane University

Nick Lombardo, University of Toronto

Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland, College Park

Timothy Mennel, University of Chicago Press

Angel Nieves, Hamilton College

Rosemary Ndubuizu, Georgetown University

Meredith Drake Reitan, University of Southern California

Elihu Rubin, Yale University

Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Cleveland State University

J. Mark Souther, Cleveland State University

Sanjeev Vidyarthi, 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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