SACRPH awarded its 2015 publication and teaching prizes at its 16th Biennial Meeting, held November 5-8, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Thanks to all who submitted their work for consideration, as well as to the members of the prize committees for their deliberations. Finally, congratulations to all of the the award winners!

Lewis Mumford Prize for Best Book in American 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 for Best Scholarly Article in American Planning History
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 for Best Dissertation in American 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
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.

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

Laurence Gerckens Prize for Sustained Excellence in the Teaching of Planning History
Mary P. Ryan, Johns Hopkins University

Please see the awards section ( of the website for further details on the prizes and past recipients.


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