Virtual Roundtable: Teaching Urban, Planning, and Architectural History in a Professional School

Monday, May 8, 2023, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EDT, on Zoom

Historians of cities and the built environment are often trained, and can frequently be found teaching in, humanities departments such as history or art history. Equally often, however, they teach students pursuing a range of professional degrees—from city planning to architecture, public policy, education, and public health (among others). In this roundtable, a range of scholars who teach history in professional schools will reflect upon their experiences. In particular, they will consider the routes to arriving at such faculty positions, pedagogical decisions they have made in the classroom, the impact of a professional school setting upon their own research, and take-aways beyond the professional school classroom alone. Please join us if you are interested in learning more and joining the conversation!


Merlin Chowkwanyun, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Claire Dunning, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Ansley Erickson, Teachers College, Columbia University

Matthew Lasner, Architecture Division, California College of the Arts

Katie Marages, College of Environment + Design, University of Georgia


Francesca Russello Ammon, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

May 7, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EST

Akira Drake Rodriguez, University of Pennsylvania
Diverging Space for Deviants:The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing (University of Georgia Press, 2021)


Steven Moga, Smith College
Urban Lowlands: A History of Neighborhoods, Poverty, and Planning (University of Chicago Press, 2020)

May 21, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EST

Mariana Mogilevich, Urban Omnibus, author of The Invention of Public Space: Designing for Inclusion in Lindsay’s New York (University of Minnesota Press, 2020)


Peter L’Official, Bard College, author of Urban Legends: The South Bronx in Representation and Ruin (Harvard University Press, 2020)

Moderated by Brian Goldstein, Swarthmore College

May 28, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EST

Rebecca Marchiel, University of Mississippi, author of After Redlining: The Urban Reinvestment Movement in the Era of Financial Deregulation (University of Chicago Press, 2020)


Paige Glotzer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, author of How the Suburbs Were Segregated: Developers and the Business of Exclusionary Housing, 1890-1960 (Columbia University Press, 2020)

Moderated by Pedro Regalado, Society of Fellows at Harvard University

Special thanks to Aaron Shkuda, Brian Goldstein, Francesca Ammon, and Gabrielle Esperdy for organizing these talks.