Robert Fishman has received the 2009 Laurence Gerckens Prize of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. This is the organization’s highest award, given for lifetime achievement in the scholarship and teaching of planning history is awarded to a scholar-teacher who has demonstrated sustained excellence in the teaching of planning history.
Fishman teaches in the urban design, architecture, and urban planning programs at Taubman College. He received his Ph.D. and A.M. in history from Harvard and his A.B. in history from Stanford University. He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of urban history and urban policy and planning. He has authored several books regarded as seminal texts, on the history of cities and urbanism including Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia (1987) and Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Centuryy (1977). His most recent work is on “ex-urbs.”