Urban Affairs Association 2023 conference

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Temple University Press seeks proposals for its renowned urban studies list, including books on housing, gentrification, planning, downtown development, urban history, urban environmental and sustainability studies, urban politics, local and regional government, and more. 

The Press is proud to offer the Zane L. Miller Book Development Award. Scholars from underrepresented communities with limited financial resources are invited to apply for this grant of up to $2500 to help defray expenses related to the development of an urban studies-focused book manuscript. Awardees will work directly with one of the editors of our Urban Life, Landscape, and Policy book series to craft their manuscript. 

To schedule a meeting with our acquisitions editor at the 2023 Urban Affairs Association Conference or more information about the Miller award, please contact Temple University Press Editor-in-Chief Aaron Javsicas:



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Urban Studies titles and our Urban Life, Landscape, and Policy series

Monument Lab

Creative Speculations for Philadelphia

Edited by Paul M. Farber and Ken Lum

A living handbook for vital perspectives on public art and history

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


Philadelphia Battlefields

Disruptive Campaigns and Upset Elections in a Changing City

John Kromer

How upstart political candidates achieved spectacular successes over Philadelphia’s entrenched political establishment

340 pages | 6 x 9 | 35 tables, 12 halftones, 23 maps


Philadelphia, Corrupt and Consenting

A City’s Struggle against an Epithet

Brett H. Mandel

How corruption in Philadelphia harms the city, why it endures, and what can be done to move toward a better future

272 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 tables


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

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


Preserving the Vanishing City

Historic Preservation amid Urban Decline in Cleveland, Ohio

Stephanie Ryberg-Webster

Exploring historic preservation in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1970s and early 1980s, when the city’s urban decline escalated

266 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 4 figures, 19 halftones, 1 map


Public Schools, Private Governance

Education Reform and Democracy in New Orleans

J. Celeste Lay

A comprehensive examination of education reforms and their political effects on Black and poor public-school parents in New Orleans, pre- and post-Katrina

246 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 tables, 10 figures


Reforming Philadelphia, 1682⁠–⁠2022

Richardson Dilworth

A short but comprehensive political history of the city, from its founding in 1682 to the present day

130 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 tables, 2 figures, 15 halftones


Regional Governance and the Politics of Housing in the San Francisco Bay Area

Paul G. Lewis and Nicholas J. Marantz

A cautionary lesson about the dangers of fragmented local authority and the need for an empowered regional institution to address housing crises

116 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables, 2 figures, 4 maps


Reinventing the Austin City Council

Ann O'M. Bowman

Examining how Austin, Texas changed the way it elects its city council—and why it matters.

126 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 tables, 5 figures, 1 halftone, 1 map


The Spires Still Point to Heaven

Cincinnati’s Religious Landscape, 1788–1873

Matthew Smith

How nineteenth-century Cincinnati tested the boundaries of nativism, toleration, and freedom

260 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 6 figures


Understanding Crime and Place

A Methods Handbook

Edited by Elizabeth R. Groff and Cory P. Haberman

A hands-on introduction to the fundamental techniques and methods used for understanding geography of crime

442 pages | 7 x 10 | 35 color photos, 27 tables, 51 figures