2022 Mary Helen Callahan Distinguished Service Award

This year, Dr. David Varady (University of Cincinnati) was selected as the recipient of the Mary Helen Callahan Distinguished Service Award, which is given on a periodic basis to an individual who has provided an outstanding record of service to the Urban Affairs Association and/or the field of urban affairs.

Award Committee Assessment:

David Varady (University Of Cincinnati)
David Varady (University of Cincinnati)

“David Varady has provided many years of service in leading the book review section of the Journal of Urban Affairs, a task that involves coordinating many moving parts and is vital to advancing our discipline, yet a role that easily is overlooked despite its importance. David also has been distinguished in his own scholarship and international engagements, but his devotion to and persistence in the role of book review editor exemplify the qualities of leadership and deep commitment that so characterized Mary Helen Callahan’s role in this Association.”



Award Committee:

Janet Smith (University of Illinois-Chicago), Carolyn Adams (Temple University), Nevin Brown (Siena Italian Studies), Marion Orr (Brown University), Kimberly Mayfield Lynch (Holy Names University).

Award Winner:

David P. Varady is Emeritus Professor of Community Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He is author of  twelve books, 75 journal articles and about 120 book reviews on neighborhood development, segregation, and low-income housing policies. Professor Varady has held Visiting Scholar positions at the University of Porto (Portugal), TU-Delft (Netherlands), City of Helsinki, Rutgers University, University of Glasgow, the National Association of Realtors, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since 2005, Varady has been Book Review Editor for the Journal of Urban Affairs.


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