• 28 May 2022 3:05 PM | Allyson Moralez (Administrator)

    The Living New Deal has opened submissions for their 2022 New Deal Book Award. Click here for more details about how to submit. 

  • 17 May 2022 5:54 PM | Allyson Moralez (Administrator)

    The Metropole is now accepting submissions for its annual Graduate Student Blogging Contest. The 2022 theme is The Senses, and we are looking for stories about any time, topic, person, or place in urban history that foregrounds sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch. The full description of the theme and the contest guidelines can be found on the blog. 

    If you are a graduate student, we encourage you to enter the contest! If you work with graduate students, please let them know about this great opportunity to practice writing for the web and learn from experienced editors. The winner will receive a certificate and a $150 prize!

    The deadline for entries is Friday, July 1.

  • 28 Apr 2022 10:11 AM | Allyson Moralez (Administrator)

    The Urban History Association is hiring a new Operations & Special Projects Assistant! The position is a year-long position beginning June 1st, 2022 and ending May 31st, 2023. Click the link below to view the full job description. 

    Operations and Special Projects Assistant Position Description.pdf

    Please send in your application no later than May 22nd. To apply, or if you have any questions, email your resume and cover letter to

    This position is made possible through funding from the AHA–NEH Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations. 

  • 31 Mar 2022 9:00 AM | Allyson Moralez (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that the UHA has been awarded funding from the American Historical Association’s Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program, which provides relief to institutions adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, an opportunity made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. With this support, the UHA will be able to put into effect a multi-pronged effort that includes rebuilding services disrupted by the pandemic, introducing new efforts to help the UHA more fully take advantage of the opportunities for engaging and promoting its members online, and adopting new initiatives intended to strengthen and diversify the UHA’s revenue streams.

    The UHA would like to express our deepest gratitude to the AHA and NEH for awarding us this grant. We also send a special thank you to the previous UHA Executive Director, Hope Shannon, for all of her dedication and amazing work writing this grant.


  • 18 Mar 2022 7:54 AM | Allyson Moralez (Administrator)

    Submissions for 2022 UHA Awards are now open! 

    This year the UHA is awarding the following awards:

    • Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article in a Scholarly Journal published in 2021

    • Michael Katz Award for Best Dissertation in Urban History completed in 2021

    • Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American Urban History published in 2021

    • Best Book in Non-North American Urban History published in 2021

    Submissions will close May 15th, 2022. Winners will be announced in early fall. Questions about the UHA's awards program can be directed to Allyson Moralez, UHA Interim Executive Director, at 

    If you’d like to submit your work for one of the awards, click here.

    There will be a form to fill out and once that is completed you will receive an email with details on how to submit your work.

    *Please note that only filling out the form does not submit your work. You must follow the directions from the email you receive in order to have your work considered for the award.*

  • 01 Mar 2022 11:25 AM | Allyson Moralez (Administrator)

    In January 2020, the UHA board voted to increase membership dues for three categories of membership. These new rates were temporarily suspended in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In January of 2022, the board voted to lift this temporary suspension. The dues increase was decided on only after careful consideration by the UHA's board of directors, executive director, and membership director. As the UHA's membership and initiatives have grown, so too have the labor and administrative costs required to run the organization. The dues increase will provide the UHA with some of the income it needs to offset these critical expenses.

    Not all membership dues will increase. Dues will increase for One Year, Two Year, Six Year, and Lifetime memberships. The Adjunct/Graduate Student one and two-year memberships will remain the same, as well Undergraduate Student 1 and two year memberships. 

    The new dues will go into effect on April 1st of 2022. If you would like to renew your membership in advance of this change, we invite you to do so. 

    *Note*: If you’ve already renewed your membership for this year, you will not be charged the new rate until your next renewal is due. Membership Director Kara Schlichting is available to discuss renewals at

    New Membership Dues effectual April 1st, 2022:

    1 Year: $75.00

    2 Year: $140.00 

    6 Year: $375.00 

    Lifetime $600.00 

    Adjunct/Graduate student 1-Year membership: $25.00

    Adjunct/Graduate student 2-Year membership: $45.00

    Undergraduate 1-Year membership: $15.00

    Undergraduate 2-Year membership: $27.00


    Joe Trottter

    UHA President

  • 25 Feb 2022 8:42 AM | Allyson Moralez (Administrator)

    The UHA Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Allyson Moralez to the position of UHA Executive Director effective March 5th, 2022. Allyson will serve as interim director, replacing current Executive Director Hope Shannon as she moves on to her new position with the American Historical Association. Allyson has worked very closely with Hope as the Operations & Special Events Assistant since October. Along with assisting Hope with regular UHA operations, she has produced social media content in her time with the UHA, which includes the launch of the UHA Instagram. Allyson also developed the virtual 2021 UHA awards ceremony released during Urban History Month in place of the in-person conference. Allyson is very excited to take on the position, especially as plans move forward for the in-person 2023 conference in Pittsburgh. 

    Any questions about this interim appointment to the Executive Director position of the UHA can be directed to UHA president Joe Trotter.

    The UHA board extends a heartfelt thank you to Hope Shannon for all of her amazing work and wishes her luck in her new role as the Marketing and Engagement Manager of the American Historical Association

    Allyson Moralez

    Interim Executive Director

    Hope Shannon

    Outgoing Executive Director

  • 22 Feb 2022 10:07 AM | Allyson Moralez (Administrator)

     From the Urban History Journal:

    Call for Papers  

    Urban History Journal 50th Anniversary Conference  

    The State of Urban History: Past, Present, Future  

    University of Leicester, 11-13 July 2023   


    In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Urban History journal invites proposals for panels at a conference on the State of Urban History: Past, Present, Future.   

    The goal of this conference is to take stock of urban history as a discipline and consider its future goals and impact on the production of historical knowledge. Preference will be given to panels that engage innovative approaches and critical reflections on the field of urban history, including:  

    • Conceptual groundwork of urban history, big questions old and new  
    • Methodologies and sources in urban history   
    • The writing of urban history and for whom   
    • Urban history’s relationships with other disciplines  
    • New formats of urban historical scholarship (beyond books and articles)  
    • The role of academic journals   
    • Transnational and global urban history  
    • Heritage, emotions, memory and urban history  
    • Race and gender in urban history  
    • Historians’ contributions to 21st century urban challenges   


    We seek submissions in a variety of formats, from traditional panels to roundtables, workshops, brainstorming sessions, film and digital presentations. Submissions may address innovative approaches to urban history across geography and time periods.  

    The conference committee welcomes submissions that include scholars at all career levels, including graduate students, and that address diversity.   

    We encourage submissions for complete sessions. Traditional-style panels normally comprise three speakers plus a chair. The composition of other session formats may vary.   

    Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2022  

    Notification of Acceptance: August 31, 2022  


    Submit proposals and inquiries to

  • 31 Jan 2022 6:00 AM | Hope Shannon

    Dear Colleagues:

    We hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the New Year.  

    As your new president and president-elect, effective January 1, 2022, we are writing to thank you for your membership and contributions to the work of the Urban History Association (UHA), bring you up-to-date on the status of the organization, and highlight a few upcoming plans moving forward.   

    First and foremost, we thank outgoing UHA president Heather Ann Thompson, whose term ended on December 31, and executive director Hope Shannon for their stellar and steady leadership during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Due to their energetic and creative work, we are happy to report that the UHA is on a sound footing, financially and programmatically.  

    Under the impact of the global health crisis, the UHA took a number of difficult but necessary steps to sustain its service to its membership and the wider public. Specifically, we cancelled our in-person biennial conference; launched a series of innovative online events, programs, and services; and instituted a short-term reduction in membership dues. These actions posed significant financial challenges to the operating budget, but also greatly accelerated one of the organization’s primary goals, set about three years ago, to diversify its membership, enhance the benefits of UHA membership, and better promote the work of its members both within the discipline and to the more general public.       

    Perhaps most important, during the pandemic, the UHA’s popular blog, The Metropole, emerged at the center of the organization’s efforts to sustain and strengthen connections between members, build community, and advance scholarship. Launched in 2017 under the leadership of Avigail Oren and Ryan Reft, The Metropole is helping to bridge the discipline and the larger public through its innovative and timely publications. The Metropole's activities have also included important online discussions about race and policing, which took place in the wake of the widespread protests following the murder of George Floyd.  

    The UHA has also deepened its online initiatives in an effort to offset the pandemic’s impact on in-person gatherings. In April 2021, we organized a special online roundtable, "Urban Public Health and the Fight Against Lead Poisoning: Implications for the Age of the Coronavirus,” in partnership with the American Society of Environmental History. Then, in October, we launched Urban History Month, a month-long series of (mostly) online events organized and hosted by urban historians interested in exploring topics of relevance to urban history. Urban History Month events attracted more than 400 attendees to a wide variety of programs, panels, and outstanding plenary sessions, most notably “The State of the American City: Problems and Possibilities” and “The State of the Global City: Problems and Possibilities.” A select number of these events were recorded and can be accessed on the UHA’s YouTube channel

    The UHA has also been working to address the issue of volunteerism, labor, and pay for the key personnel charged with implementing the work of the organization. Consequently, over the past few years the UHA approved small stipends for the executive director, The Metropole blog’s senior co-editors, and an operations assistant (supported by a special grant), all heretofore unpaid positions. Still, existing compensation for the staff remains insufficient to sustain the organization’s rising level of commitments to its membership and the wider public, which brings us to the question of next steps for the UHA in the years ahead.  

    Four issues loom large in the work of the UHA as the New Year gets underway. First, the organization has submitted a proposal to the AHA-NEH grants program “to sustain and advance the work of historical organizations” with annual budgets under $750,000. If awarded, the UHA will use the grant to fund the executive director, The Metropole’s large editorial team, and operations assistant at levels commensurate with the work of each. 

    Second, with or without AHA-NEH support, we plan to launch a vigorous fund-raising campaign to increase and sustain the stipends/salaries of our staff moving forward. UHA staff and officers are currently exploring a variety of ideas for advancing this financial initiative, including legacy gifts, special annual appeals for support, and UHA merchandise sales.  

    Third and finally, the UHA is hard at work planning our next biennial conference for Pittsburgh in October 2023 (precise dates to be determined). This will be our first onsite meeting since the 2018 gathering in Columbia, South Carolina, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of our planned 2020 conference in Detroit.  

    The Pittsburgh conference will coincide closely with ongoing debates about the future of democracy and social justice in the United States and around the world; the impending 2024 presidential campaign; and the 21st anniversary of the Pittsburgh launch of the UHA’s Biennial Conference in 2002. The 2023 Biennial Meeting will also give us an opportunity to showcase the achievements of the organization, the city of Pittsburgh, and, among other things, highlight the distinguished careers of some of our most esteemed members and colleagues, including Joel Tarr, Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy and a past president of the organization, who will retire from Carnegie Mellon University in 2022. Equally and perhaps most important, this convention will enable us to bring forward a fresh new generation of urban historians, urbanists, social service providers, activists, city planners, and policy makers to the attention of the broader public. We will be calling upon all our members to help make this biennial event a success. 

    In the meantime, thank you again for your membership and ongoing support of the UHA. We are looking forward to working with you over the next several years.  


    Joe William Trotter, Jr., UHA President

    Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, UHA President Elect

  • 04 Jan 2022 5:45 PM | Hope Shannon

    From the Urban History journal:

    Save the date:

    Urban History Journal 50th Anniversary Conference

    The State of Urban History: Past, Present, Future

    University of Leicester, 11-13 July 2023

    In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Urban History journal invites participants to a conference assessing the State of Urban History: Past, Present, Future. From its origins with the work of H.J. Dyos and the founding of the British Urban History Group, the Urban History journal has been at the forefront of historical scholarship on the urban experience. The goal of this anniversary conference is to take stock of urban history as a discipline, its current theoretical underpinnings, methodologies and practices, and consider its future goals and impact on the production of historical knowledge. Our hope is to spark a spirited debate on the concepts and approaches that inform urban histories and to reflect on new horizons for historical research on the urban condition.

    The CALL FOR PAPERS will open in Spring 2022. We invite interventions that engage critically with the field of urban history across geography and time periods. We welcome reflections on theory and methodologies, and on new sources and formats for historical research. We invite appraisals of how urban historians can contribute to debates on the many challenges facing towns and cities in the 21st century.

    The organizers welcome a variety of sessions from traditional panels to roundtables, workshops, brainstorming sessions, film and digital presentations. We invite innovative thinking on how urban history is produced and shared as a scholarly endeavor.

    Keynote speakers

    • Lynn Hollen Lees (University of Pennyslvania)
    • Martha Howell (Columbia University)
    • Kennetta Hammond Perry (De Montfort University)
    • Brenda Yeoh (National University of Singapore)

    For more information, click here to contact the journal's editorial board. 

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