Alison Isenberg, Princeton University

Professor Princeton, New Jersey isenber@princeton.edu Office: (609) 258-2205

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Alison Isenberg writes and teaches about nineteenth and twentieth century American society, with particular attention to the transformation of cities, and to the intersections of culture, the economy, and place. Professor Isenberg's book Downtown America: A History of the Place and the People Who...

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Bio/Research

Alison Isenberg writes and teaches about nineteenth and twentieth century American society, with particular attention to the transformation of cities, and to the intersections of culture, the economy, and place. Professor Isenberg's book Downtown America: A History of the Place and the People Who Made It (University of Chicago Press, 2004) received several awards: the Ellis Hawley prize from the Organization of American Historians; Historic Preservation Book Prize from Mary Washington University; Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society for American City and Regional Planning History; and an Honor Book award from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. At Princeton, Isenberg co-directs the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities (link is external), and is a Faculty Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School (link is external). She co-directed the Urban Studies Program (link is external) from 2012-2014, and currently serves on its Executive Committee. An Affiliated Faculty member in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, she is also on the Executive Committee of the American Studies (link is external) Program. During 2015-2016 she held an Old Dominion Fellowship, awarded by the Princeton Humanities Council (link is external).

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