We are a moderated multi-disciplinary forum for discussion and dissemination of scholarship on urban history and urban studies. As a member of H-NET (Humanities and Social Sciences Online), H-Urban has no geographical or chronological boundaries. Thus, we welcome the involvement of scholars, professionals, and graduate students who are interested in urban places and processes across the globe and in all eras.

Recent Content

Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas, March 9, 2018

The March seminar will focus on 19th and 20th century Urban Protestantism. Barbara Dobschuetz's paper, Fundamentalism and American Urban Culture; Community and Religious Identity in Paul Rader's Chicago, 1915-1937  examines fundamentalism and use of new technology in preaching the gospel. Andrew MacDonald's presentation, In the Evangelical Sense: The Swing Trial and Late Nineteenth Century Urban Protestantism focuses on the impact of David Swing's 1874 trial.

Martin Marty of the University of Chicago Divinity School is the respondent.

DEADLINE MAR. 1: Massachusetts Historical Society Short-Term Fellowships, 2018-2019

Application deadline: March 1, 2018

Massachusetts Historical Society Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the MHS collections sometime between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. More than twenty awards will be made. Short-term fellowships are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent.

Reading Suggestions for Undergraduates


I am revising my urban history class to include an environmental focus. Can anyone recommend a reading that discusses the city as a kind of environment? I've come across a few pieces but they are mostly state of the field essays or too dense/full of jargon for first and second year students. I'm looking for something that is accessable. Thanks in advance.



CFP: Multi-ethnic Cities in the Mediterranean World: History, Culture, Heritage DEADLINE EXTENDED

Dear Colleagues,

The deadline for submissions for AISU CONFERENCE (Genoa, 4-5 June 2018) has been extended to February 18. Please submit proposals with a brief abstract (max 1000 chars) and a curriculum vitae of the author (max 1000 chars) to convegno2018@storiaurbana.org.