Ph.D. – History, Columbia University, 2006
M.A. – History, Columbia University, 2002
B.A. – History, UC Berkeley, 1996
Nancy Kwak is interested in the evolution of cities and urban spaces in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the role of planners, architects, and policymakers in reshaping neighborhoods and communities. While trained specifically in US urban history, Prof. Kwak currently pursues transnational, international, and comparative approaches to American urban history; in her current manuscript, she examines the impact of traveling American experts and advisers on housing policies in the developing world after 1945. Prof. Kwak has published various articles and coauthored a special edition of the Journal of Urban History on public housing in the Americas.
Prof. Kwak currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Urban History Association and the Society of American City and Regional City Planning History. In addition, she is the US Book Review Editor for the international planning history journal, Planning Perspectives, as well as the Teaching Editor and List Editor for H-Urban.
USP 1: History of US Urban Communities
HILD 7B: History of Asian Americans
HIUS 142B: History of the United States post-1945
HIUS 148/USP 103: History of the American City in the 20th century
HIUS 181: US in the WorldINTL 190/HITO 180: Housing in the Developing Wor