Award Winning Books: Urban Studies

Archaeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution

A Tale of Two Taverns and the Growth of Philadelphia

Rebecca Yamin

2022 James Deetz Book Prize, Society for Historical Archaeology

152 pages | 5 x 8 | 55 color photos, 2 figures, 8 halftones, 6 maps


Architectures of Revolt

The Cinematic City circa 1968

Edited by Mark Shiel

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2019

A groundbreaking exploration of how filmmaking, architecture, and urban planning shaped and were shaped by mass protest movements in and around 1968

262 pages | 6 x 9 | 34 halftones


The Battles of Germantown

Effective Public History in America

David W. Young

2020 Philip S. Klein Book Prize, Pennsylvania Historical Association

Lessons from Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood on how the public engages the past

294 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 figures, 17 halftones, 2 maps


Beyond Preservation

Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities

Andrew Hurley

National Council on Public History's Book Award Award, 2012

A framework for stabilizing and strengthening inner-city neighborhoods through the public interpretation of historic landscapes

248 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 maps 14 halftones


Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City

Somerville, MA

Susan Ostrander

Susan Ostrander is the 2019 recipient of the ARNOVA Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award

How community influences contribute to civic and political engagement in a city undergoing rapid change

190 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 figures, 5 maps


Communities and Crime

An Enduring American Challenge

Pamela Wilcox, Francis T. Cullen, and Ben Feldmeyer

The James Short Senior Scholar Award, given by the American Society of Criminology Awards Committee for the Division of Communities and Place, 2019

A systematic exploration of how criminology has accounted for the role of community over the past century

274 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 line drawings


The Death and Life of the Single-Family House

Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City

Nathanael Lauster

Canadian Sociological Association's John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award, 2017

A detailed study of how Vancouver moved away from the single-family house and the effects of this transformation, detailed by interviews with residents

262 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 tables, 11 figures, 4 halftones, 6 maps


The Great Migration and the Democratic Party

Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century

Keneshia N. Grant

W.E. B. DuBois Book Awardee, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 2021

Examining the political impact of Black migration on politics in three northern cities from 1915 to 1965

214 pages | 5.25 x 8.5 | 12 tables, 1 figures, 3 halftones, 1 map


Healing Our Divided Society

Investing in America Fifty Years after the Kerner Report

Edited by Fred Harris and Alan Curtis

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2018

Examining inequality in America fifty years after the Kerner Report

488 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 tables, 54 figures


Homeless in Paradise

A Map of the Terrain

Rob Rosenthal

Co-winner of the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award, 1995

Steps toward understanding "street people" in Santa Barbara—and everywhere

280 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table 6 figures


Loving Orphaned Space

The Art and Science of Belonging to Earth

Mrill Ingram

2022 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize, American Association of Geographers

Providing a new vision for the ignored and abused spaces around us

194 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 24 color photos, 2 halftones, 5 maps


Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood

Brooklyn's Sunset Park

Tarry Hum

Honorable Mention from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning's Paul Davidoff Award, 2015

How immigrants are reinventing Sunset Park, forming new multi-racial alliances, and reshaping its community

300 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 tables, 7 halftones, 1 maps


Mexican American Women Activists

Identity and Resistance in Two Los Angeles Communities

Mary S. Pardo

Honorable Mention for Outstanding Books Awards, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America, 1999

The story of Mexican American women in two communities who took control and made a difference

322 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 1 figure, 12 halftones, 1 map


Mobilizing an Asian American Community

Linda Trinh Võ

Social Science Book Honorable Mention, Association for Asian American Studies, 2006

304 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables, 4 figures, 4 maps


Model City Blues

Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven

Mandi Isaacs Jackson

Urban Communication Foundation Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Publication Award, 2008

A lively account of social protest and urban renewal in a struggling American city

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 5 figures, 45 halftones


Modern Mobility Aloft

Elevated Highways, Architecture, and Urban Change in Pre-Interstate America

Amy D. Finstein

2021 Fred B. Kniffen Book Award for the best book in the field of material culture, International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture
Honorable Mention for the Kenneth Jackson Award for the best book in North American Urban History from the Urban History Association, 2021

How American cities used elevated highways as major architectural statements about local growth and modernization before 1956

304 pages | 7 x 10 | 103 halftones, 12 maps


Monument Lab

Creative Speculations for Philadelphia

Edited by Paul M. Farber and Ken Lum

Preservation Education Award from the Preservation Alliance, 2021
Selected in the trade illustrated category for the 2020 AUPresses Book, Jacket, & Journal Show

A living handbook for vital perspectives on public art and history

336 pages | 6.75 x 9.375 | 160 color photos, 82 halftones


Newcomers in Workplace

Immigrants and the Restructuring of the U.S. Economy

Edited by Louise Lamphere, Guillermo J. Grenier, and Alex Stepick

Conrad Arensberg Award, American Anthropological Association, 1994

Case studies capture the experiences, difficulties, and determination of immigrant workers

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 tables, 11 figures, 10 halftones


No Easy Walk

Newark, 1980-1993

Helen M. Stummer

Philadelphia Book Clinic Certificate of Award, 1995

A vivid portrayal of an American urban neighborhood

160 pages | 7 x 10 | 56 halftones


Painting Publics

Transnational Legal Graffiti Scenes as Spaces for Encounter

Caitlin Frances Bruce

Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Foundation Book Award, 2019

Argues that public art generates spaces for encounter as well as places and moments that can reenergize the felt sense of possibility in urban spaces

276 pages | 6 x 9 | 54 color photos


Political Black Girl Magic

The Elections and Governance of Black Female Mayors

Edited by Sharon D. Wright Austin

Examines the crucial role that Black women have carried out in the cities they govern

332 pages | 6 x 9 | 22 tables, 14 figures


Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan

Unpacking the Policy Paradox of Municipal Takeovers

Ashley E. Nickels

American Society for Public Administration Section on Democracy and Social Justice Book Award, 2019
American Political Science Association Robert A. Dahl Award, 2020
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2020

The policy history of, implementation of, and reaction to Flint’s municipal takeovers

272 pages | 5.25 x 8.5 | 11 tables, 4 figures, 5 halftones, 1 map


Reshaping Ethnic and Racial Relations in Philadelphia

Immigrants in a Divided City

Jo Anne Schneider, and Judith Goode

Finalist for the Robert E. Park Award, Community and Urban Section of the American Sociological Association, 1996

Strategies for cooperation in ethnically and racially diverse neighborhoods

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 7 figures, 3 halftones


Second Cities

Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester and Philadelphia

Jerome I. Hodos

Kenneth Jackson Best Book Award from the Urban History Association, 2011
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2012

How Philadelphia and Manchester have successfully grappled with globalization, carving out a series of distinctive niche roles for themselves over time

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 3 figures, 13 halftones, 5 maps


Second Cities

Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester and Philadelphia

Jerome I. Hodos

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2012
Kenneth Jackson Best Book Award from the Urban History Association, 2011

How Philadelphia and Manchester have successfully grappled with globalization, carving out a series of distinctive niche roles for themselves over time

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 3 figures, 13 halftones, 5 maps


Separate Societies

Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities

William Goldsmith and Edward Blakely

Paul Davidoff Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 1993

The award-winning book on urban poverty—now thoroughly revised and updated

268 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 tables, 25 figures


Something Left to Lose

Personal Relations and Survival among New York's Homeless

Gwendolyn A. Dordick

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1997

A rare in-depth look at how homeless people construct their social worlds

224 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


There Goes the 'Hood

Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up

Lance Freeman

Winner of the Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award, 2007

How does gentrification affect residents who stay in the neighborhood?

248 pages | 6 x 9