2017 SACRPH Award Winners

SACRPH announced its 2017 award recipients at the 17th National Conference on Planning History, held in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 26-29, 2017. Thanks to all those who submitted nominations for these competitions. And, congratulations to all our prize winners (listed below).

For lists of past winners, please click on the titles of the individual awards.

Laurence Gerckens Prize ($250)
Awarded to a scholar-teacher who has demonstrated sustained teaching excellence and educational leadership in the field of planning history. Teaching excellence refers to the nominee’s influence in the classroom. Educational leadership involves, among other things, curriculum development, colleague and student mentoring, and pedagogical publishing.

June Manning Thomas, University of Michigan

Lewis Mumford Prize ($250)
Awarded to the best book on American city and regional planning history.

Francesca Russello Ammon, Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape (Yale University Press, 2016).

Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize ($250)
Awarded to the best scholarly article on American city and regional planning history in any journal.

Brian D. Goldstein, “‘The Search for New Forms’: Black Power and the Making of the Postmodern City,” Journal of American History 103, no. 2 (September 2016): 375-399.

John Reps Prize ($250)
Awarded to the best doctoral dissertation in American city and regional planning history.

Garrett Dash Nelson, “A Place Altogether: Planning and the Search for Unit Landscapes, 1816-1956” (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin, 2016).


Patrick Nugent, “The Urban Environmental Order: Planning and Politics on Staten Island, 1945-1984” (Ph.D. dissertation, George Washington University, 2016).

Journal of Planning History Prize ($100)
Awarded to the best article published in the Journal of Planning History.

Jordan Stanger-Ross and the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective, “Suspect Properties: The Vancouver Origins of the Forced Sale of Japanese-Canadian-owned Property, WWII” Journal of Planning History 15, no. 4 (November 2016): 271-289.

Honorable Mention: J. Mark Souther, “A US$35 Million ‘Hole in the Ground’: Metropolitan Fragmentation and Cleveland’s Unbuilt Downtown Subway,” Journal of Planning History 14, no. 3 (August 2015) 179-203.

Student Paper Prize ($100)
Awarded to the best conference paper submitted by a full-time student to the 17th National Conference on Planning History.

Pedro A. Regalado, Yale University, “Fixed Capital:  Building Transition and Drug Capitalism in New York City, 1961-1997.”


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