• 17 May 2022 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

     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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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. 

  • 20 Dec 2021 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    As the new year approaches, so does the time of year when we have a slight, yet very exciting, change in leadership at the Urban History Association. This year, we welcome a new president and president-elect, as well as seven new board members, who will replace our outgoing president and the seven board members whose terms expire at the end of this year. Please read on to learn more about the newest members of the UHA’s leadership team. 

    First, please join us in welcoming Joe Trotter as he moves into his new position as UHA President from his previous position as President-Elect.

    Joe William Trotter Jr.

    Giant Eagle University Professor of History and Social Justice, Carnegie Mellon University 

    Joe William Trotter, Jr. is the Giant Eagle University Professor of History and Social Justice and  past History Department Chair at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is  also the Director and Founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies  and the Economy (CAUSE) and a member of  the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest publication is Workers on Arrival: Black  Labor in the Making of America (University of California Press, 2019). Professor Trotter  received his BA degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and his M.A. and Ph.D.  degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is currently working on a study of African  American urban life since the Atlantic slave trade. To learn more about Joe’s work, click here. Joe’s term as president will begin January 1, 2022 and end December 31, 2023.  

    Replacing Joe as President-Elect is Andrew Sandoval-Strausz. 

    Andrew Sandoval-Strausz 

    Associate Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University

    Professor Sandoval-Strausz is an accomplished scholar in the fields of urban, ethnic, and Latinx history. His first book, Hotel. An American History (2007), offered a new lens on the history of American cities, and especially their ability to accommodate travelers and migrants of all sorts. His second, Barrio America (2019) reinterpreted the era of postwar urban decline as one in which, through migration, small-business enterprise, and civic activism, Latinos ‘saved’ the American city. Although his research has focussed on the United States, he has been a leading proponent and exponent of the ‘transnational turn’ in urban history, within and beyond North America. Notably, the collection Making Cities Global (2018), co-edited with Nancy Kwak, makes the case that cities have been vital to the long historical process of globalization and that they should figure prominently in the field of transnational studies. To learn more about Andrew’s work, click here. Andrew’s term as president-elect will begin January 1, 2022 and end on December 31, 2023. He will take office as president January 1, 2024. 

    Finishing her term at the end of December as the UHA President is Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Heather will remain part of the executive team as Immediate Past President. 

    We will also welcome seven new board members, who will replace seven members of the UHA Board of Directors finishing their three-year terms at the end of December. This coming December 31 - the final day of 2021 - the seven who will finish their board terms are: 

    • Llana Barber, SUNY Old Westbury

    • Dorothee Brantz, Technische Universität Berlin

    • Emily Callaci, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    • Janet Y. Chen, Princeton University

    • Diana J. Montaño, Washington University of St. Louis

    • Ato Quayson, Stanford University

    • James Wolfinger, Illinois State University

    We want to sincerely thank Heather and every one of our outgoing board members for their commitment and service, especially in navigating the challenges posed by the global pandemic over the last year and nine months. 

    Our newest board members, taking office on January 1, 2022 and joining our continuing board members, are:

    Katherine Zubovich, University at Buffalo, SUNY.

    Katherine Zubovich is an Assistant Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her work focuses on the history of Russia and the former Soviet Union. Her first book, Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin’s Capital, was published in 2020 by Princeton University Press. The book explores the broader social, cultural, and political effects of monumental construction undertaken in the Soviet capital in the 1930s-1950s.

    Matthieu Caron, University of Toronto

    Matthieu Caron is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Toronto. Drawing on the recent ideas in the history of urban governance, sexuality, and labour, his research is examining how the transformation of Montreal during the mid- to late-twentieth century was accomplished by controlling the night. Before moving to the University of Toronto he obtained degrees from McGill University and the Université de Montréal. Since 2017 he has been the Urban History Association’s bibliographer for Canada. He has published in the Urban History Review as well as in Labour/Le Travail and BC Studies.

    Pedro A. Regalado, Harvard University, Stanford University

    Pedro A. Regalado is a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Beginning July 2022, he will be Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University. Regalado researches the history of race, immigration, planning, and capitalism in urban America. His book project, Latinx Gotham: Work and the Modern City, examines the history of New York City’s Latinx residents and their efforts to transform city space, politics, and economy. Regalado has been awarded the Michael Katz Award for Best Dissertation from the Urban History Association. He was also a finalist for the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for Best Dissertation from the American Studies Association. Regalado’s work has been featured in the Journal of Urban History, Boston Review, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Born in the Dominican Republic, he was raised in New York City’s Washington Heights.

    Tikia K. Hamilton, Loyola University Chicago

    Dr. Tikia K. Hamilton is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University (2015) and a masters in African American Studies from Columbia University (2004). She attended Dartmouth College for her undergraduate work (1998), where she majored in History under a Mellon Fellowship. She has lengthy experience teaching at the secondary and undergraduate levels and working as an educational consultant. She is currently completing revisions for her first book, entitled Making a Model System: The Battle for Educational Equality in the Nation’s Capital before Brown, which chronicles the various campaigns African Americans waged to obtain equal resources under segregation in the federal city. Her research interests include: African American History, 20th Century U.S. History, African American/U.S. Women’s History, the History of Education, and Urban History. Dr. Hamilton is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Spencer Fellowship from National Academy of Education.  She is a native of Chicago and has travelled solo to over two dozen countries in Central and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

    J.T Way, Georgia State University

    J. T. Way lived in Guatemala for ten years prior to joining GSU, working as a University of Arizona faculty affiliate and ultimately directing CIRMA, the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica, a social science archive/research center. His 2021 book, Agrotropolis: Youth, Street, and Nation in the New Urban Guatemala explores the physical and cultural urbanization of space in quintessentially “rural” towns from 1983 to 2012. Centering working-class Maya and mestizo hometowns in planetary urban history, it shows how culturally assertive youth coming of age on the globally inflected city street used popular culture as one means of creating a new national imaginary that rejects Guatemala’s racially coded system of castes. This work follows The Mayan in the Mall: Globalization, Development, and the Making of Modern Guatemala, which maps the history of Guatemala City’s poor neighborhoods from 1920 to the new millennium against national and international development projects, arguing that, far from being chronically underdeveloped, this nation of contrasts—where shantytowns and humble municipal and street markets abut luxurious malls and wealthy neighborhoods—is the embodiment of globalized capitalism and a harbinger of globalization’s future. Way now researches urbanization and violence and serves as an expert witness in asylum hearings.

    Lilia Fernandez, Rutgers University

    Dr. Lilia Fernandez is an Associate Professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and History at Rutgers University. Her scholarship, most notably her monograph Brown in the Windy City but also in numerous articles and other pieces of work, has offered critical insights for urban historians on Latinx immigration to and experiences within American cities, Chicago in particular. She also serves as the co-editor on the University of Chicago’s “Historical Studies in Urban America” series, and on the board of the Journal of Urban History.

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