John Reps Prize Winners

Awarded to the best doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis in American city and regional planning history completed in the past two years.


2021Michael Glass, “Schooling Suburbia: The Politics of School Finance in Postwar Long Island,” (Princeton University, 2020).
Angela S. Stiefbold, “Farming Scenery: Growing Support for Agricultural Land Preservation, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1930-1990,” (University of Cincinnati, 2020).
2019Rebecca Summer, “The Urban Alley: A Hidden Landscape of Social Change in Washington, D.C.” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019).
2017Garrett Dash Nelson, "A Place Altogether: Planning and the Search for Unit Landscapes, 1816-1956" (University of Wisconsin, 2016),
Patrick Nugent, "The Urban Environmental Order: Planning and Politics on Staten Island, 1945-1984" (George Washington University, 2016).
2015Chloe Taft Kang, "From Steel to Slots: Landscapes of Economic Change in Postindustrial Bethlehem, PA (Yale University, 2014),
Emily Remus, “The Making of the Consumer City: Gender, Space, and Class in Chicago, 1871-1914" (University of Chicago, 2014).
2013Francesca Russello Ammon, "Culture of Clearance: Waging War on the Landscape in Postwar America" (Yale University, 2012),
Brian David Goldstein, "A City Within a City: Community Development and the Struggle Over Harlem, 1961-2001" (Harvard University, 2013).
2011Emily Lieb, “Row House City: Unbuilding Residential Baltimore, 1940-1980” (Columbia University, 2010).
2009Andrew Highsmith, "Demolition Means Progress: Race, Class, and the Deconstruction of the American Dream in Flint, Michigan" (University of Michigan, 2009).
2007Kelly Anne Quinn, "Making Modern Homes: A History of Langston Terrace Dwellings, A New Deal Housing Program in Washington, D.C." (University of Maryland, 2007).
2005Roberta S. Gold, "City of Tenants: New York's Housing Struggles and the Challenge to Postwar America, 1945-1970" (University of Washington, 2004).
2003Zachary Schrag, “The Washington Metro as Vision and Vehicle, 1955-2001” (Columbia University, 2002).
2001James Buckley, “Building the Redwood Region: The Redwood Lumber Industry and the Landscape of Northern California, 1850-1929 (University of California, Berkeley, 2000).
1999Thomas Campanella, “Republic of Shade: The Emergence of the American Elm as a Cultural and Urban Design Element in Nineteenth-Century New England” (MIT, 1999),
Owen Gutfreund, “Twentieth Century Sprawl: Accommodating the Automobile and the Decentralization of the United States” (Columbia University, 1998).
1997Robin Bachin, “Cultural Boundaries: Constructing Urban Space and Civic Culture on Chicago's South Side, 1890-1919” (University of Michigan, 1996).
1995Alison Isenberg, "Downtown Democracy: Rebuilding Main Street Ideals in the Twentieth Century American City" (University of Pennsylvania, 1995).
1993Greg Hise, “The Roots of the Postwar Urban Region: Mass-housing and Community Planning in California, 1920-1950” (University of California, Berkeley, 1992).


2007Marie Ray Warsh, "'The Truest Reform Work': The Children's School Farm, New York City, 1902-1931" (Bard College, 2007).
2005Francesca Russello Ammon, "Little City, Big Plans: Stories of Asbury Park, New Jersey" (Yale School of Architecture, 2005).
2001Barbara Hahn, “Businessmen, Railroads, and City Planning in Cincinnati, 1869-1933 (University of Cincinnati, 2000).
1999Monica Abeita, “Historical Community Development in North Central New Mexico” (University of New Mexico, 1999).
1995Sean O'Donnell, "Toward Urban Frameworks: Accommodating Change in Urban Cultural Landscapes" (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

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