Dennis Judd Best Book Award

Michael Craw gives the Dennis Judd Best Book Award to Daniel O’Brien at the 2019 APSA conference.
Michael Craw gives the Dennis Judd Best Book Award to Daniel O’Brien at the 2019 APSA conference.

The Dennis Judd Best Book Award recognizes the best book on urban politics (domestic or international) published in the previous year.

Nomination instructions: The submission must include a nomination letter and book copies for each committee member; these should be sent directly to committee members at the addresses below.

Deadline for Nominations: March 15, 2022

Award Committee (2022): 

  • Richardson Dilworth, Chair (Drexel),
  • Joel Rast (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee),
  • Sharon Austin (University of Florida),

Richardson Dilworth
Department of Politics, Drexel University
Macalister Hall, room 3025
3250-60 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sharon Austin
4363 Song Sparrow Drive
Middleburg FL 32068

Joel Rast
4442 N. Sheffield Avenue
Shorewood, WI 53211



Adam Auerbach (American University), Demanding Development: The Politics of Public Goods Provision in India’s Urban Slums(Cambridge University Press, 2020.)

Honorable mentions:

Eleonora Pasotti (UC Santa Cruz), Resisting Redevelopment: Protest in Aspiring Global Cities(Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Xuefei Ren (Michigan State), Governing the Urban in China and India: Land Grabs, Slum Clearance, and the War on Air Pollution(Princeton University Press, 2020)

2020 Outside Money in School Board Elections coverJeffrey R. Henig, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Sarah Reckhow
Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics. (Harvard Education Press, 2019)
Honorable mentions:
Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan coverAshley E. Nickels
Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan: Unpacking the Policy Paradox of Municipal Takeovers
. (Temple University Press, 2019)
Democracy in Ghana book coverJeffrey W. Paller
Democracy in Ghana: everyday politics in urban Africa. (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
2019 Daniel T. O’Brien, Northeastern University
The Urban Commons: How Data and Technology Can Rebuild Our Communities (Harvard University Press, 2018)
Honorable mentions:
Clayton Nall, The Road to InequalityClayton Nall, Stanford University
The Road to Inequality: How the Federal Highway Program Polarized America and Undermined Cities (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
Domingo Morel, TakeoverDomingo Morel, Rutgers University
Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy
(Oxford University Press, 2018)
Veronica Herrera accepts the 2018 Dennis Judd Best Book Award.

Veronica Herrera, University of Connecticut
Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico (University of Michigan Press)

2017 Margaret (Peggy) Kohn, University of Toronto
The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth (University of Toronto Press, 2016)
2016 Lorrie Frasure-Yokely, University of California, Los Angeles
Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
2015 Amy Lerman and Vesla Weaver, Yale University
Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control (University of Chicago Press, 2014)
2014 Traci Burch, Northwestern University
Trading Democracy for Justice (University of Chicago Press)
2014 Clarissa Hayward, Washington University in St. Louis
How Americans Make Race (Cambridge University Press)
2013 J. Eric Oliver, University of Chicago
Local Elections and the Politics of Small-Scale Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2012)
2012 Steven Erie, Vladimir Kogan, Scott MacKenzie
Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego (Stanford University Press)
2011 Zoltan Hajnal, University of California San Diego
America’s Uneven Democracy: Race, Turnout and Representation in City Politics
2011 Peter Eisenstadt
Rochdale Village: Robert Moses, 6,000 Families, and New York City’s Great Experiment Integrated Housing
2010 No award given.
2009 Jessica Trounstine, Princeton University
Political Monopolies in American Cities: The Rose and fall of Bosses and Reformers. (University of Chicago Press, 2008)
2008 No award given.
2007 Reuel Rogers, Northwestern University
Afro-Caribbean Immigrants and the Politics of Incorporation: Ethnicity, Exception or Exit
2006 Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University
The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy (Harvard University Press, 2005)
2006 Romain Garbaye, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
Getting into Local Power: The Politics of Ethnic Minorities in British and French Cities (Blackwell Publishing, 2005)
2005 James DeFilippis, CUNY, Baruch College
Unmaking Goliath: Community Control in the Face of Global Capital
2004 Alan Altshuler with David Luberoff, Harvard University
Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment (Brookings Institution, 2003)
2003 Paul Kantor, Fordham University, and Hank Savitch, University of Louisville
Cities in the International Marketplace (Princeton University Press)
2002 Susan Welch, Pennsylvania State University
Race and Place: Race Relations in an American City
2002 Lee Sigelman, George Washington University, and Timothy Bledsoe and Michael Combs, Wayne State University
Race and Place: Race Relations in an American City
2000 Jeffrey Henig, Richard Hula, Desiree Pedescleaux, and Marion Orr, The George Washington University
The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education
1999 Bruce Wallin, Northeastern University
From Revenue Sharing to Deficit Sharing: General Revenue Sharing and Cities
1998 Amy Bridges, University of California, San Diego
Morning Glories: Municipal Reform in the Southwest (Princeton University Press, 1997)
1997 Rodger Waldinger, University of California, Los Angeles
Still the Promised City?: African-Americans and New Immigrants in Postindustrial New York (Harvard University Press, 1996)
1996 Eric Monkkonen, University of California, Los Angeles
The Local State: Public Money and American Cities (Stanford University Press)
1995 No award given.
1994 Jeffrey Berry, Kent Portney, and Kenneth Thomson, Tufts University
The Rebirth of Urban Democracy (Brookings Institution, 1993)
1993 Richard DeLeon, San Francisco State University
Left Coast City: Progressive Politics in San Francisco, 1975-1991 (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1992)
1993 Stephen L. Elkin, University of Maryland
City and Regime in the American Republic (University of Chicago Press)
1992 Jonathan Kozol
Savage Inequalities
1991 Michael Davis, Sarah Lawrence College
City of Quartz (Verso)
1990 Clarence Stone, University of Maryland, College Park
Regime Politics: Governing Atlanta 1946-1988 (University Press of Kansas)
1989 Steven Erie, University of California, San Diego
Rainbow’s End: Irish-Americans and the Dilemmas of Urban Machine Politics 1840-1985
1988 Martin Shefter, Cornell University
Political Crisis, Fiscal Crisis: The Collapse and Revival of New York City (Basic Books, 1985)
1988 Todd Swanstrom, State University of New York at Albany
The Crisis of Growth Politics: Cleveland, Kucinich, and the Challenge of Urban Populism (Temple University Press, 1985)