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Rosemary Wakeman

Rosemary Wakeman

Professor of History, Coordinator of University Urban Initiatives, Director of Grad Studies
Office: Dealy Hall 208B and Lincoln Center 414B
Phone: 718-817-3895 and 212-636-7359


PhD in History, University of California, Davis, 1985

Graduate Study, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociale, Paris, 1978-1979

MA, History, University of California, Davis, 1973

BA, University of California, Davis, 1971

Research Interests

Rosemary Wakeman is the author of Practicing Utopia: An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement (University of Chicago Press, 2016) as well as The Heroic City: Paris 1945-1958 (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Modernizing the Provincial City: Toulouse 1945-1975 (Harvard University Press, 1998). She is also editor of Themes in Modern European History, 1945 to the Present (Routledge, 2003). Wakeman has published numerous articles on urban history and on cities including most recently “Rethinking Postwar Planning History" in Planning Perspectives 29(2014) and "Was there an Ideal Socialist City? Socialist New Town as Modern Dreamscapes" in Transnationalism and the German City (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Her current book project is An Urban History of Modern Europe: 1815 to the Present to be published by Bloomsbury Press.

Professor Wakeman is on the Editorial Board of Fordham University Press and the journal Planning Perspectives. She is a member of the International Committee for the European Association for Urban History. In 2014, she received the Fordham University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. She was EURIAS Senior Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2012-2013. Wakeman was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University in Budapest in 2018. In 2019, she will be a Fulbright Global Scholar working on a new project entitled “Global Crossroads: Mumbai, Shanghai, and London.”

Learn more about Dr. Wakeman's interests from the blog post Postcard from Domfront. 

Rosemary Wakeman recently published Practicing Utopia: An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement (University of Chicago Press, 2016).


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

  • HSRU 4515 – SEMINAR: Modern European City
  • HSLU 3624 – European Cities
  • HSLU 3625 – The Second World War
  • HSLU 3626 – Social History of Architecture
  • HSLU 3628 - The City and History

Graduate Courses:

  • HSGA 5003 – Adv Readings: Late Modern Europe
  • HSGA 5555 – Modern European City

Curriculum Vitae