• 14 Jun 2022 3:00 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference is accepting submissions for the Arline Custer Memorial Award! 

    DEADLINE: July 31, 2022

    The Arline Custer Memorial Award is presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee. This award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.


    The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

    Works under consideration include, but are not limited to: monographs, popular narratives, reference works and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

    Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.


    Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written and organized. Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text.

    Preference will be given to works by archivists.


    Up to three awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2022 award(s) may be announced at a fall 2022 MARAC business meeting or shared with MARAC members via another means.

    For submission instructions, additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site: 

  • 31 May 2022 9:45 AM | Allyson Moralez (Administrator)

    The UHA is excited to introduce some new faces to our team! We are headed into summer with a new Membership Director and an Operations & Special Projects Assistant. 

    New Membership Director

    Amanda Boston

    Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

    University of Pittsburgh

    We’re excited to have Amanda Boston as our new membership director! Amanda Boston is an assistant professor of Africana studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research, writing, and teaching focus on twentieth-century and contemporary African American urban history, politics, and popular culture. Her current projects explore gentrification’s racial operations in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and their role in the making and unmaking of the borough’s Black communities. Prior to joining the Pitt faculty, Boston was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University. She earned her Ph.D. in Africana studies from Brown University. Welcome to the UHA team, Amanda!

    We would also like to thank Kara Schlichting, our outgoing membership director, for all of the work she has done and for her dedication to the UHA. Thank you Kara, you’ll be missed!

    Operations & Special Projects Assistant

    Daniela Bohórquez Sheinin

    PhD Candidate 

    University of Michigan

    Daniela Bohórquez Sheinin is our new operations & special projects assistant! Daniela is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Michigan. She specializes in urban, cultural and oral history. Her dissertation, “Staging Neighborhood: Making Queens in the Construction of New York’s Last Great Park” details the complex histories of material, ethnic, social and political neighborhood change around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. She was co-founder and first host of the historical podcast, Reverb Effect, and her work has appeared in the Journal of Transnational American Studies, the Gotham Center for New York City History Blog, and Perspectives Daily. She also has served as co-chair for the UHA’s Early Career Committee. 

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

  • 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

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