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Journal of Urban History

Journal of Urban History

2017 Impact Factor: 0.261
2017 Ranking: 39/40 in Urban Studies | 28/31 in History of Social Sciences
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product
Published in Association with Urban History Association

David R Goldfield University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

Other Titles in:
History (General) | Urban Planning

eISSN: 15526771 | ISSN: 00961442 | Current volume: 44 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: Bi-monthly
For over thirty years, the Journal of Urban History has provided scholars and professionals with the latest research, analyses, and discussion on the history of cities and urban societies throughout the world.  


 The Journal of Urban History is now sponsored by the Urban History Association, with a discounted print subscription of $40.50 available exclusively to UHA members.


The Journal of Urban History presents original research by distinguished authors from the variety of fields concerned with urban history. Each insightful issue offers the latest scholarship on such topics as:
  • Public Housing
  • Migration
  • Urban Growth
  • School Reform
  • City Planning History
  • Racial Segregation
  • Urban Culture
  • Urban Politics

In addition to incisive articles, the Journal of Urban History regularly publishes Review Essays, which provide a tremendous resource for research, study, and applications of new interpretations and developments in urban history.


The Journal of Urban History frequently supplements its broad coverage with in-depth studies on select topics of interest. These single-theme Special Issues are often guest-edited by experts in the field and provide a balanced analysis of the subject at hand.

Check out these popular articles online today:

Immigrant Island Cities in Industrial Detroit (March 2015)
Saima Akhtar

Barcelona's Urban Landscape: The Historical Making of a Tourist Product (September 2009)
Antonia Casellas

The City as Subject: Contemporary Public Sculpture in Berlin (September 2009)
Carolyn Loeb

Hurricane Katrina: Urban History from the Eye of the Storm (July 2009)
Joe W. Trotter and Johanna Fernandez

Race, Culture, Politics, and Urban Renewal: An Introduction (March 2009)
Eric Avila, Mark H. Rose

The Katrina Conspiracies: The Problem of Trust in Rebuilding an American City (January 2009)
Arnold R. Hirsch, A. Lee Levert

The Importance of an Urban Perspective in Environmental History (May 1994)
Christine Meisner Rosen, Joel Arthur Tarr

Ranked "A+" on Australian Research Council's 2008 Journal Ratings List (Humanities and Creative Arts)

Ranked "A+" on Australian Research Council's 2008 Journal Ratings List (Humanities and Creative Arts)

Ranked "A+" on Australian Research Council's 2008 Journal Ratings List (Humanities and Creative Arts)

The editors of Journal of Urban History are receptive to varied methodologies and are concerned about the history of cities and urban societies in all periods of human history and in all geographical areas of the world. The editors seek material that is analytical or interpretive rather than purely descriptive, but special attention will be given to articles offering important new insights or interpretations; utilizing new research techniques or methodologies; comparing urban societies over space and/or time; evaluating the urban historiography of varied areas of the world; singling out the unexplored but promising dimensions of the urban past for future researchers.

Associate Editors
Timothy Gilfoyle Loyola University, Chicago, IL, USA
Brian Ladd SUNY at Albany, USA
Editorial Board
Davarian Baldwin Trinity College, Ireland
Bülent Batuman Bilkent University, Turkey
Vivian Bickford-Smith University of Cape Town, South Africa
Blaine A. Brownell Charlottesville, Virginia
Jurgen Buchenau University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Wendy Cheng Arizona State University, USA
Michael Javen Fortner Director of Urban Studies, CUNY School of Professional Studies, USA
Lily Geismer History, Claremont McKenna College, USA
Shirine Hamadeh Rice University, USA
Chad Heap History, George Washington University
Carola Hein Delft University of Technology, Department of Architecture, Netherlands
Cheryl D. Hicks History, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Tracy E. K’Meyer University of Louisville, USA
Clarence Lang University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Lillian M. Li Swarthmore College, USA
Jennifer Light Northwestern University, USA
Andrew J. May School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia
Timothy Neary History, Salve Regina University, USA
Ageeth Sluis Butler University, USA
David Stradling University of Cincinnati, USA
Thomas J. Sugrue Social and Cultural Analysis and History, New York University, USA
Peter Thorsheim University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Carmen C. M. Tsui City University of Hong Kong
Victoria Wolcott History, University of Buffalo, SUNY, USA
Assistant to the Editor
Jocelyn Westpfahl University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
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