On November 2, 2019, at the SACRPH 2019 Reception and Awards Ceremony, the winners of SACRPH’s biennial awards competition were announced for works produced between August 1, 2017, and July 31, 2019.

Click here for full details, including award citations and photographs.


Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities: Call for Fellows, 2020-21

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities is an interdisciplinary program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that combines the efforts of a diverse group of faculty, programs, and schools to develop a dynamic understanding of urban issues past, present, and future. Its theme, Cities on the Edge, encompass several interrelated concepts, including the juncture of built/natural environmental studies, center/periphery, hemispheric comparatives, migration, New Jersey urbanism, social justice, the humanities as a force of change, and the margin as a place of radical possibility. Additional information about the Princeton-Mellon’s themes and program may be found at https://arc-hum.princeton.edu/.

We seek to hire Mellon Fellows with an abiding interest in multi-disciplinary work focused on the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and the humanities. Candidates can come from any discipline. They may be academics, designers, and/or practicing writers or artists. The individual may teach or team-teach an interdisciplinary course on some aspect of urbanism (contingent upon sufficient enrollments and approval from the Dean of the Faculty) and participate in Princeton-Mellon Initiative events.

Fields of specialization might include (but are not limited to) the humanistic dimensions of architecture, architectural history, design, urban planning, public policy, urban studies, environmental studies, science and technology studies, geography, history, philosophy, art history, material culture, politics, sociology, anthropology, literature, religion, cultural studies, queer studies, race and ethnicity studies, gender studies, performance studies, visual arts, documentary studies, photography, and creative writing. Fellows may focus on any geographic area.

We will accept applications from those who have earned a Ph.D. in any discipline (or those who expect to earn their doctorate before September 2020), or a terminal Master’s degree in architecture, planning, or related practice discipline. Applicants must apply online and submit a cover letter, vita, 500-word description of a proposed course, brief (chapter or article-length) single-authored writing sample, 1,000-word description of a research project, and contact information for three references by January 15, 2020 for full consideration.

Those seeking a fellowship should apply to https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/apply/application.xhtml?listingId=14381. Applicants seeking a visiting position (for a sabbatical year, etc.) please apply to https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/apply/application.xhtml?listingId=14382.

For inquiries, including for which version of the job listing to use, please contact Aaron Shkuda (ashkuda@princeton.edu).


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and the History Section of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) have shared a faculty position in the area of urban history for more than a half century. We jointly seek to appoint a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the field of United States urban history since 1800, effective July 1, 2020. Scholars with interdisciplinary or comparative expertise are welcome to apply. The faculty position is jointly funded by the two units, with DUSP designated as the home department for the purposes of promotion and tenure.

A successful candidate must have received a Ph.D. (in history, urban planning, planning history, historical geography, American studies or a related field), or expect to do so by September 1, 2020.

Application Instructions:
A complete application package includes a cover letter, c.v., statement outlining current research and teaching interests, a writing sample or sample publication, and three confidential letters of reference.
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please do not send material by email.

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.  To apply, please go to:  https://apply.interfolio.com/63889

For technical issues, please contact Interfolio staff (877-997-8807) or help@interfolio.com. Other questions can be directed to Sandra Elliott: sandrame@mit.edu.

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The Nominating Committee of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History invites nominations and self-nominations to the SACRPH Board and to the position of President. Please visit our SACRPH About page for the current leadership.

To submit a nomination, please use our online nomination form. The deadline for nominees is August 31, 2019.

SACRPH welcomes nominees seeking to guide the organization’s strategy, serve on its prize committees, support its conference, and engage in the work of developing the field of planning history.

The Nominating Committee will be reviewing nominees until August 31, 2019. A slate of nominees will be voted on by the SACRPH Board at its next meeting at the SACRPH 2019 Conference, October 31 – November 3, 2019.

SACRPH 2019 Nominating Committee:

D. Bradford Hunt, Newberry Library, President, SACRPH

Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego, and President-Elect, SACRPH

Marta Gutman, City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Mary Corbin Sies, University of Maryland, College Park


SACRPH is soliciting applications from qualified individuals for book review editor of the refereed Journal of Planning History (JPH).

The book review editor of the JPH will manage all aspects of the book review section for the four annual issues of JPH, select books published in planning history each year for review, and commission the reviews. Tasks will also include recording and monitoring the progress of reviews, editing, copy-editing, reviewing proofs, contacting publishers to acquire books for review, and working with the editorial team and colleagues at SAGE Publications to ensure that reviewers adhere to the publication schedule set by SAGE. The book review editor will report directly to JPH’s current co-editors: Dr. Nick Bloom, professor of social science at New York Institute of Technology, and Dr. Sonia Hirt, dean and Hughes professor in landscape architecture and planning at the College of Environment + Design within the University of Georgia, Athens.

For more details, please see the complete Call for JPH Book Review Editor in pdf form.

To apply, please mail or e-mail a letter to the co-editors of the journal who will serve as co-chairs of the search committee by September 1, 2019. Dr. Sonia Hirt is at sonia.hirt@uga.edu and Dr. Nick Bloom is at nbloom@nyit.edu. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the current co-editors of the journal, the publisher,and the search committee co-chairs for any additional information and details.


SACRPH announces its 2019 awards competition, including prizes for the best book, dissertation, and articles in North American city and regional planning. The Laurence Gerckens Prize is awarded to an outstanding teacher-scholar in the field. Nominations for these awards are due August 1. Please see the awards page for further details.


SACRPH 2019 Northern Virginia invites scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of fields to present on all aspects of urban, regional, and community planning history, worldwide.  Particularly welcome for our 2019 conference in Arlington, Virginia, are complete sessions, papers, roundtables, and poster sessions addressing selected themes in the past, including:

  • Comparative and global studies of planning
  • Immigration and planning
  • Planning and structural racism
  • Gender, sexuality, and planning
  • Planning the military industrial complex
  • 18th and 19th century planning
  • Suburban and peripheral planning
  • Planning for sustainable, inclusive, and equitable metropolises

SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. SACRPH members include historians, practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, architects, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students, and scholars from across the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History, hosts a biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history.

The Program Committee invites proposals for complete sessions of up to three papers, roundtable sessions, and individual papers. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing.

The Program Committee also invites poster sessions, especially by graduate students at the MA or PhD level, to present their latest research.

Proposals must be submitted by an online submission form, which will be available after December 1.  Proposals must include the following information:

For panel submissions (due March 15, 2019):

  • A web-based form for session title and contact information on each participant
  • A single document (PDF or Word) including names of participants; one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance; 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; 1-2 page CV for each participant

For roundtable and non-traditional panels (due March 15, 2019):

  • A web-based form for session title and contact information on each participant
  • A single document (PDF or Word) including names of participants; one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance; description of the format to be used (roundtable, workshop); 1-2 page CV for each participant

For individual paper submissions (due March 15, 2019):

  • A web-based form for paper title and contact information and four keywords identifying themes of the paper
  • A single document (PDF or Word) including name of participant; 100-word abstract for proposed paper; 1-2 page CV; the filename should be in the format Last Name, First Name, Short Title (i.e. “Doe, Jane, Planning in Arlington.pdf”)

For poster sessions (due July 1, 2019):

  • A web-based form for poster session title and contact information
  • A single document (PDF or Word) including name of participant; 150-word abstract describing the significance, sources, methods, and major conclusions or outcomes; 1-2 page CV; the filename should be in the format Last Name, First Name, Short Title (i.e. “Doe, Jane, Planning in Arlington.pdf”)
  • Posters will need to be printed by presenters in advance, as we will not have digital capacities for poster presentation; mounting boards and easels will be provided.

Please format required attachments with a standard 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Do not include illustrations.


The Vernacular Architecture Forum is meeting in Philadelphia from May 29 to June 1, 2019.  Please see their Call for Papers for more information.  The deadline is October 29, 2018.


Two new job postings have been added to the “Jobs” page, one from the University of Pennsylvania and one from the University of Illinois at Chicago; applications due in November 2018.


The John Nolen Research Fund provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers and allied collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library. Any qualified researcher interested in the history of city and regional planning before 1950 with a project that can be augmented by using the Nolen Papers is eligible to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2018; awards will be made by May 31 for support to begin on July 1, 2018. For fellowship information and application requirements, please visit https://rare.library.cornell.edu/services/funding/nolen.