Urban Studies

Urban Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of urban studies about their new books

Frances Tanzer, "Vanishing Vienna: Modernism, Philosemitism, and Jews in a Postwar City" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2024)

July 20, 2024

Vanishing Vienna

Frances Tanzer
Hosted by Paul Lerner

In Vanishing Vienna: Modernism, Philosemitism, and Jews in a Postwar City (U Pennsylvania Press, 2024) historian Frances Tanzer traces the reconstruct…

Kevin Loughran, "Parks for Profit: Selling Nature in the City" (Columbia UP, 2022)

July 18, 2024

Parks for Profit

Kevin Loughran
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

A new kind of city park has emerged in the early twenty-first century. Postindustrial parks transform the derelict remnants of an urban past into dist…

Mark R. Beissinger, "The Revolutionary City: Urbanization and the Global Transformation of Rebellion" (Princeton UP, 2022)

July 17, 2024

The Revolutionary City

Mark R. Beissinger
Hosted by Dhouha Djerbi

Examining the changing character of revolution around the world, The Revolutionary City: Urbanization and the Global Transformation of Rebellion (Prin…

James Mallery, "City of Vice: Transience and San Francisco's Urban History, 1848-1917" (U Nebraska Press, 2024)

July 16, 2024

City of Vice

James Mallery
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

San Francisco began its American life as a city largely made up of transient men, arriving from afar to participate in the gold rush and various atten…

Mark Peterson, "The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865" (Princeton UP, 2019)

July 14, 2024

The City-State of Boston

Mark Peterson
Hosted by Ryan Tripp

In the vaunted annals of America’s founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary “city upon a hill” and the “cradle of liberty” for an indepe…

Theresa McCulla, "Insatiable City: Food and Race in New Orleans" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

July 11, 2024

Insatiable City

Theresa McCulla
Hosted by Kelly Spivey

A history of food in the Crescent City that explores race, power, social status, and labor. In Insatiable City: Food and Race in New Orleans (U Chicag…

Monika Krause, "Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

July 10, 2024

Model Cases

Monika Krause
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites (University of Chicago Press, 2021), Dr. Monika Krause asks about the concrete material resear…

William Gow, "Performing Chinatown: Hollywood, Tourism, and the Making of a Chinese American Community" (Stanford UP, 2024)

July 10, 2024

Performing Chinatown

William Gow
Hosted by Donna Anderson

This episode features a conversation with Dr. William Gow on his recently published book, Performing Chinatown: Hollywood, Tourism, and the Making of …

Angela Garcia, "The Way That Leads Among the Lost: Life, Death, and Hope in Mexico City's Anexos" (FSG, 2024)

July 9, 2024

The Way That Leads Among the Lost

Angela Garcia
Hosted by Claire Clark

Based on over a decade of research, a powerful, moving work of narrative nonfiction that illuminates the little-known world of the anexos of Mexico Ci…

Jake Johnson, "The Possibility Machine: Music and Myth in Las Vegas" (U Illinois Press, 2023)

July 7, 2024

The Possibility Machine

Jake Johnson, Brian F. Wright, and Joanna Dee Dass
Hosted by Kristen Turner

Las Vegas is a place the American dream made; a city built in the middle of desert visited by millions of people every year hoping to make their dream…

Timothy Barnard, "Singaporean Creatures: Histories of Humans and Other Animals in the Garden City" (NUS Press, 2024)

July 6, 2024

Singaporean Creatures

Timothy Barnard
Hosted by Isobel Akerman

In Singaporean Creatures: Histories of Humans and Other Animals in the Garden City (NUS Press, 2024), historian Tim Barnard and his colleagues offer a…

Miranda Sachs, "An Age to Work: Working-Class Childhood in Third Republic Paris" (Oxford UP, 2023)

July 2, 2024

An Age to Work

Miranda Sachs
Hosted by Richard Northrop

Childhood as lived during the French Third Republic was very different from childhood during the modern era. Working-class children laboured alongside…

Meaghan Stiman, "Privileging Place: How Second Homeowners Transform Communities and Themselves" (Princeton UP, 2024)

July 1, 2024

Privileging Place

Meaghan Stiman
Hosted by Mark Klobas

In recent decades, Americans have purchased second homes at unprecedented rates. In Privileging Place: How Second Homeowners Transform Communities and…

Race, Social Reproduction, and Capitalist Totality: A Conversation with William Conroy

June 30, 2024

Race, Social Reproduction, and Capitalist Totality

William Conroy
Hosted by Geoffrey Gordon

We live in a historical conjuncture characterized by the rise of a range of social movements that aim to challenge different forms of domination: capi…

Frederick Klaits et al., "Pentecostal Insight in a Segregated US City: Designs for Vitality" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

June 26, 2024

Pentecostal Insight in a Segregated US City

Frederick Klaits with Lashekia Chatman and Michael Richbart
Hosted by Shu Wan

In Pentecostal Insight in a Segregated US City: Designs for Vitality (Bloomsbury, 2022), Frederick Klaits compares how members of one majority white a…

Elsa Devienne, "Sand Rush: The Revival of the Beach in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles" (Oxford UP, 2024)

June 23, 2024

Sand Rush

Elsa Devienne
Hosted by Shu Wan

The Los Angeles shoreline is one of the most iconic natural landscapes in the United States, if not the world. The vast shores of Santa Monica, Venice…

Jorge Almazán et al., "Emergent Tokyo: Designing the Spontaneous City" (Oro Editions, 2024)

June 19, 2024

Emergent Tokyo

Jorge Almazán and Studiolab
Hosted by James Wunsch

If ancient Kyoto stands for orderly elegance, then Tokyo, within the world’s most populated metropolitan area, calls to mind–– jam-packed chaos. But i…

Andrew M. Gardner, "The Fragmentary City: Migration, Modernity, and Difference in the Urban Landscape of Doha, Qatar" (Cornell UP, 2024)

June 15, 2024

The Fragmentary City

Andrew M. Gardner
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

As Andrew M. Gardner explains in The Fragmentary City: Migration, Modernity, and Difference in the Urban Landscape of Doha, Qatar (Cornell UP, 2024) i…

Stephen Marr and Patience Mususa, "DIY Urbanism in Africa: Politics and Practice" (Zed Books, 2023)

June 14, 2024

DIY Urbanism in Africa

Stephen Marr and Patience Mususa
Hosted by Aleem Mahabir

Protracted economic crises, accelerating inequalities, and increased resource scarcity present significant challenges for the majority of Africa's urb…

Adam Berg, "The Olympics that Never Happened: Denver '76 and the Politics of Growth" (U Texas Press, 2023)

June 12, 2024

The Olympics that Never Happened

Adam Berg
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

If you don't recall the 1976 Denver Olympic Games, it's because they never happened. The Mile-High City won the right to host the winter games and the…