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GUHP is governed by a Board of Directors (Board) and guided by an International Advisory Committee (IAC). We invite any member interested in serving on the Board or the IAC, or who would like to suggest someone else for the role, to email GUHP's coordinator. GUHP has a special interest in recruiting leadership from scholars who work in universities in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. 

Board of Directors


Rosemary Wakeman


Rosemary Wakeman is Professor of History at Fordham University. Her most recent publication is A Modern History of European Cities: 1815 to the Present (Bloomsbury, Jan. 2020). She is also the author of Practicing Utopia: An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and The Heroic City: Paris 1945-1958 (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and has published widely on cities and urban history. She was a Fulbright Global Scholar in 2018-19 and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University in 2018. Wakeman is co-editor of the Urban History journal published by Cambridge Press. She is on the Editorial Board of Planning Perspectives journal, the Built Heritage journal, and Fordham University Press. She is a member of the International Committee for the European Urban History Association as well as for the Global Urban History Project. She is currently working on a book project entitled “Global Crossroads: London, Shanghai, Bombay.” She recently published Practicing Utopia: An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and A Modern History of European Cities: 1815 to the Present (Bloomsbury, Jan. 2020). 


Emilio de Antuñano



Emilio de Antuñano is a historian of Latin American cities. He grew up in Mexico City, earned his PhD in History at the University of Chicago, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Trinity University, San Antonio. His first book, Informal Dis/Order: Revolution, Planning, and Informality in Mexico City, will study Mexico City’s so-called informal neighborhoods, examining how they were surveyed, mapped, and governed by state officials. Both as a system of governance based on the discretionary use of the law, and as a public problem construed by policymakers and scholars, informality carved the discursive and political arena where revolutionary claims to the city and urban modernization were negotiated. He has also conducted research on urban migration and the relationship between cities and expert knowledge. As a candidate for the Board of Directors, he looks forward to joining the Programming Committee (especially Dream Conversations and/or GUHP Emerging) and/or the GUHP Essay Prize Committee. 


Constanza Castro Benavides




Andra Chastain


Andra Chastain is a historian of modern Latin America with a focus on twentieth-century Chile in a global context. Her research has centered on the global Cold War and its intersections with science, technology, and the urban built environment. She is interested in how broad forces – such as national development, neoliberalism, and environmentalism – shape policies and practices in Latin American cities, and how local actors resisted, adapted, and appropriated these processes for their own ends. She is the author of Chile Underground: The Santiago Metro and the Struggle for a Rational City (forthcoming in 2024 with Yale University Press) and the coeditor, with Timothy Lorek, of Itineraries of Expertise: Science, Technology, and the Environment in Latin America’s Long Cold War (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). She has a PhD in History from Yale University and is currently Assistant Professor of History at Washington State University Vancouver. She is working on a new project that explores urban air pollution in the Americas with case studies of Santiago, Mexico City, and Los Angeles.


Kenny Cupers



Kenny Cupers co-founded and leads the Critical Urbanisms program at the University of Basel. He is committed to the development of the architectural and urban humanities through collaborative pedagogy and engaged research. He has published widely on modern architecture, public housing, and planning history. Grounded in primary research, his scholarship analyzes spaces and landscapes in order to answer questions about power and historical change. His forthcoming book The Earth that Modernism Built rewrites the history of architectural modernism for an age of global inequality and deepening ecological crisis.


Mariana Dantas



Mariana Dantas became involved with global urban history in 2014, thanks to an AHRC grant from the United Kingdom Emma Hart and she received to build an international research network on the topic "The Global City: Past and Present". Their collaboration resulted in two edited journal special issues—Urban History and Almanack—, a research methods essay, and a Cambridge Element in Global Urban History , Early Modern Atlantic Cities (forthcoming). More importantly, it connected them to other founding members of GUHP! Mariana has also collaborated with João Júlio Gomes dos Santos Jr. on a special issue of the Brazilian journal Esboços dedicated to global urban history, and edited the special section of the Journal of Urban History that features articles from participants in the 2021-22 GUHP Emerging Scholars Workshop and Symposia. She is the author of Black Townsment: Urban Slavery and Freedom in the 18th-Century Americas (Palgrave, 2008).


Abosede George



Anindita Ghosh



Anindita Ghosh is Professor of Modern History with an interest in colonialism, resistance, the everyday and subaltern histories of South Asia. She has published widely on colonial Calcutta, and written among other books, Claiming the City:Protest, Crime, and Scandals in Colonial Calcutta, c. 1860-1920 (OUP, 2016) where she charts the history of urbanization ‘from below’ - in the city’s streets, strikes, and popular urban cultures. Her research has drawn on a range of vernacular archives – both written and oral – often marginal, which is used to interrogate the colonial archive. She holds a doctoral degree from Cambridge University and has been teaching at the University of Manchester since 2000. Anindita has had the privilege of being involved with GUHP from its earliest days and hopes to continue her collaboration by helping to draw more Global South scholars to the network and bringing Global South experiences in conversation with those of Western Europe.


Anwesha Ghosh



Anwesha Ghosh is an Assistant Professor of History at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. She completed her doctoral studies from the Department of History at the University of Toronto where she wrote a dissertation on the "municipalization" of Calcutta under British colonialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Anwesha participated in GUHP's Emerging Scholar program in 2022-23 where she expanded on her work of understanding urbanity, urban historical methodologies through the lens of municipal governance and indeed, the politics of municipal depoliticisation. She has contributed to other GUHP events where she borached the question of translation practices in the work of urbanism alongside understanding the technologies of municipalisation in the context of privately run, technocratic urban complexes. As a prospective board member at the GUHP, Anwesha wishes to forge critical conversations in the field of translation, urban historical methodologies, and municipalism. 


Michael Goebel



Michael Goebel is Einstein Professor of Global History at Freie Universität Berlin. He is the author of several works on Atlantic histories of migration and of Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism. He co-edits the Global Urban History blog and Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History series. He holds a PhD from University College London and previously worked at the European University Institute, Florence; Harvard University; and Geneva Graduate Institute.


Carola Hein



Carola Hein is Professor History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology, Professor at Leiden and Erasmus University and UNESCO Chair Water, Ports and Historic Cities. She has published widely in the field of architectural, urban and planning history and has tied historical analysis to contemporary development. Among other major grants, she received a Guggenheim and an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. She leads the LDE PortCityFutures Centre focusing on space, society and culture, particularly through the lens of port city territories. She serves on the GUHP board and was the first GUHP president. She serves currently as IPHS President, as IPHS Editor for Planning Perspectives, as editor of the European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes and Asia book review editor for Journal of Urban History. Her recent books include: Oil Spaces (2021), Urbanisation of the Sea (2020), Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage (2020), The Routledge Planning History Handbook (2018), Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks (2011).


Li Hou



Li Hou is an urban planning educator, researcher, and practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Her scholarly pursuits address the history of urban and regional planning in modern China, comparative planning regulations, and urban politics. Noteworthy publications in urban history include "Building for Oil: Daqing and the Formation of the Chinese Socialist State" (Harvard Asia Center, 2018 & 2021), "Richard Paulick in Shanghai, 1933-1949: The Postwar Planning and Reconstruction of a Modern Chinese Metropolis" (In Chinese, Tongji University Press, 2016).  She held the position of Professor of Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai from 2010 to 2022 and is currently a researcher associated with the MIT Sustainable Urbanization Lab. In the GUHP Board, she chairs the Prize Committee for Emerging Scholars.


Bernard Z. Keo


Bernard Z. Keo is Assistant Professor of International History and Politics at the Geneva Graduate Institute and specialises in modern Southeast Asia, with a particular soft spot for studying its cosmopolitan port-cities and their contributions to global urban history. He was recruited from within the ranks of the GUHP (so to speak) as a graduate of 2020's class of the GUHP Emerging programme which he remains passionate about contributing to. Outside his academic endeavours, he enjoys playing flâneur around the cities he visits (which is partly also a consequence of having a poor sense of direction).


Wangui Kimari



Wangui Kimari is an urban anthropologist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also a lecturer at the American University Abroad Program in Nairobi, and an honorary research associate at the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. Her work draws on many local histories and interdisciplinary theoretical approaches –including oral narratives, assemblage theory, urban political ecology and the Black radical tradition – in order to think through urban spatial management in Nairobi from the vantage point of its most marginalized residents. Wangui is also an editorial board member of the online publication Africa Is a Country (AIAC), and a co-organiser of the UTA-Do African Cities Workshop, an annual critical urban studies school that encourages young scholars, predominantly from the region, to theorise and valorise the various praxes that emerge through and with dynamic African spaces. Wangui is interested in being part of the Programing Committee, and, in particular, the GUHP Emerging Scholar program in 2024.


Nancy Kwak



Nancy Kwak is an urban historian interested in housing policy. Specifically, she is interested in how countries influence each other and how global actors shape how nations formulate homeownership programs. These days, she is also interested in food policy and urban agriculture. For GUHP, She would like to work with colleagues on programs that bring historical research to bear on current policy. And as always, she is interested in opening the door to academia for all newcomers and to making institutions more transparent and just.  


Toby Lincoln


Toby Lincoln is Associate Professor of Chinese Urban History at the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester. His publications include Urbanizing Chain in War and Peace: The Case of Wuxi County (Hawai'i University Press, 2015) and China: An Urban History (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Toby is currently working on a book that explores how Chinese cities were reconstructed after WWII. Taking an explicitly comparative perspective, it challenges the notion that the Nationalist Government was a failure in the late 1940s and reassesses aspects of the Chinese Communist Revolution in cities. He also maintains an interest in issues of urban sustainability in the Anthropocene, and in his teaching is actively exploring how to use artificial intelligence in innovative ways in the classroom.


Carl H. Nightingale



Carl H. Nightingale had taught urban history and global history to thousands of students over the last 30 years as a professor at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (Chicago, 2012), Earthopolis: A Biography of Our Urban Planet (Cambridge, 2022), and the forthcoming Our Urban Planet in History and Theory for the Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History series. He is a Board member of PUSH Buffalo, a community-based organization that harnesses the power of residents of the city;s West Side to build sustainable affordable housing and create jobs in accordance with the “Just Transition” framework for climate justice. He is Co-Coordinator with Tracy Neumann of the Global Urban History Project and will continue in that post for the coming term as GUHP continues its online programming and hosts its second major in-person conference in the summer of 2025.


Tracy Neumann


Tracy Neumann is the author of Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America and of essays on urban history and public policy. She serves as treasurer and co-coordinator of the Global Urban History Project and co-edits the Global Urban History blog and Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History series. She received her PhD from New York University, and she has held fellowships at the University of Michigan and Harvard University.


Guy Ortolano


Guy Ortolano is Professor of History at New York University, where he also serves as the inaugural director of NYU's collaboration with GUHP.  Ortolano is the author of Thatcher's Progress: From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism through an English New Town (Cambridge, 2019), which the Urban History Association named the "Best Book in Non-North American Urban History" over a two-year period.


Joseph Ben Prestel


Joseph Ben Prestel is a historian of Europe and the Middle East at Freie Universität Berlin. He is the author of Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910. He co-edits the Global Urban History blog and Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History series. Joseph received his PhD in history from FU Berlin in 2015. Before joining FU’s history department, he held a position at the research center ‘History of Emotions’ at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. During the academic year 2018-19, he was a Fung Global Fellow at Princeton University.


Cyrus Schayegh



Cyrus Schayegh (PhD, Columbia University, 2004) has been Professor of International History at the Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID) since 2017. Before, he was Associate and Assistant Professor at Princeton University (2008-2017) and Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut (2005-2008). His recent works include The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard UP, 2017), a monograph; Globalizing the U.S. Presidency: Postcolonial Views of John F. Kennedy (Bloomsbury, 2020), an edited volume; and International Dimensions of Decolonization in the Middle East and North Africa, a collection of translated primary sources (Wilson Center Digital Archive, 2023). Presently, he is inter alia writing an Introduction, and editing two volumes, on transimperial history; editing a collection of essays on empires and urban history; and writing a pair of texts on the linkage between civil aviation and urban development in early postwar Beirut.


E. Sasu K. Sewordor



E. Sasu K. Sewordor is a postdoc researcher in urban studies/African history at the University of Basel, where he also teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars. He has previously researched the urban and architectural heritage of the Basel Mission’s trans-Atlantic evangelical activities in colonial southern Ghana, and has recently published about it in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2022/ vol. 81, no.2). He is currently working on his first book project, Color of Gold: Race Infrastructure, and the Urbanization ofMining Hinterlands in Southern Colonial Ghana, solicited by Duke University Press. Dr. Sewordor was part of the first cohort of GUHP’s Mentorship Program for emerging scholars and has presented at the “Theory for, of, and by Urban Historians” DreamsConversations. He brings his experience as a GUHP member who has grown within our community of urban historians/specialists, from being a mentee to a newly-minted PhD, and is dedicated to bringing to the Board of Directors a strong commitment to advance programming that targets the needs of doctoral students and early career members. He is particularly passionate about working together with colleagues on the Programming Committee to increase scholarly focus on Africa’s urban past through an expanded involvement of African scholars/researchers in the GUHP’s Emerging and Essay Prize initiatives for the 2024-2026 calendar year.


Marcio Siwi



As a global urban historian working at the intersection of race, class, and development, Marcio Siwi is interested in exploring the city as a site of tension and contestation where diverse populations with conflicting commitments struggle for space, visibility, and a sense of belonging. He has published in the Journal of Urban History, Journal of Global South Studies, and The Guardian, among other publications. His newest article on cultural exchanges between New York and São Paulo in the 1940s and 1950s will soon appear in the Luso-Brazilian Review. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled São Paulo Modern: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in Post-WWII Brazil. Siwi looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to theGlobal Urban History Project and its many exciting activities, which he has benefited from over the years. He is particularly enthusiastic about joining the Programming Committee and being part of the “Dream Conversations” series during the 2025 – 2026 academic year. He would also be interested in serving on the Nominations Committee. Siwi is an Assistant Professor at Towson University with a dual appointment in History and Metropolitan Studies. Prior to Towson he was a Consortium Faculty Diversity Fellow at Bowdoin College and a College Fellow at Harvard University. He also served as Program Manager of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Siwi is a native of São Paulo, Brazil, and a citizen of both Mexico and the United States.


Halimat Somotan



Halimat Somotan is a historian of twentieth-century Lagos and an assistant professor of African studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Somotan's service agenda is motivated by her trajectory within GUHP. She joined GUHP after earning her doctoral degree from Columbia University in the summer of 2020. As a member of GUHP’s Emerging Scholars’ Workshop, she was fortunate to be in conversation with graduate students and recent doctoral degree holders whose exciting research topics across multiple regions animated hers. She has also been privileged to be mentored by senior scholars during and after my time in the emerging scholar program. As a GUHP board member, Somotan plans to join the prize committee in supporting the contributions of early career scholars to the development of Global Urban History.


Alexia Yates



Alexia Yates is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Manchester. She is a historian of economic life, focusing on urban political economy, business history, and the history of popular finance in modern Europe. Her most recent book is Real Estate and Global Urban History, part of the Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History series (2021), and she has served as part of the program teams for the Dream Conversations series and GUHP Emerging. She is most interested in focusing on programming for emerging scholars.


Katherine Zubovich



Katherine Zubovich is Associate Professor in the Department of History at University at Buffalo SUNY. She works on Soviet history, with a focus on Stalinism. Her publications include Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin’s Capital (Princeton University Press, 2021) and Making Cities Socialist, which is forthcoming with the Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History series. In addition to continued research and writing in urban history, Zubovich is also working on a history of Soviet data visualization during the Stalin era. She has participated in various GUHP initiatives in recent years, including serving in the mentorship program in 2020-21 and the essay prize committee in 2023. She is excited at the prospect of joining the GUHP Board and would look forward to serving on the Programming Committee and/or Nominations Committee in 2025-26.

International Advisory Council (IAC)

  • Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi, University of California Riverside 
  • Dries Lyna, Radboud University Nijmegen 
  • Pascale Ghazale, American University in Cairo
  • João Júlio Gomes dos Santos Júnior, State University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Kristin Stapleton, University at Buffalo SUNY
  • Gergely Baics, Columbia University
  • Stefan Couperus, Reiksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Rasmus Elling, University of Copenhagen
  • Bronwen Everill, University of Cambridge
  • Prashant Kidambi, University of Leicester
  • Eliana Hamdie Murchie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative
  • Eric Beverley, University at Stony Brook SUNY 
  • Christian Schmid, ETH Zürich
  • Isabella Jackson, Trinity College Dublin
  • Seamus O’Hanlon, Monash University
  • Anna Ross, Warwick University
  • Michael Smith, University of Arizona
  • Carl Abbott, Portland State University
  • Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia
  • Richard Harris, McMaster University
  • Joseph Heathcott, New School
  • Toby Lincoln, Leicester University
  • Gary McDonogh, Bryn Mawr College
  • Margaret O’Mara, University of Washington
  • Eric Ross, Al Akhawayn University
  • Emiliano De Antuñano Villareal, University of California San Diego
  • Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, Penn State University
  • Thomas J. Sugrue, New York University
  • Weifang Lu, Shanghai Normal University
  • Ayan Meer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Katya Knyazeva, University of Eastern Piedmont, Vercelli
  • Essi Lamberg, University of Helsinki
  • Michael Yeo, University of Oxford
  • Fernando Luis Martinez Nespral, Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Shiben Banerji, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Sam Grinsell, University of Antwerp
  • Leandro Benmergui, Purchase College State University of New York
  • Robert Cowherd, Wentworth University, Cambridge Massachusetts
  • Kristie Flannery, University of Texas
  • Gil Shohat, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Penglin Zhu, Technical University Delft
  • Queenie Lin, Taipei National University of the Arts
  • Santhosh Abraham, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai