David Imbroscio to Receive the 2024 Best Article in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity & the City Award (Sponsored by Routledge | Taylor & Francis)

Dr. David Imbroscio (University of Louisville) has been selected to receive the 2024 Best Article in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City Award for his paper “Race matters (even more than you already think): Racism, housing, and the limits of The Color of Law.” This award is sponsored by Routledge | Taylor & Francis.

Dr. Imbroscio is the first recipient of this new annual award that gives recognition to a paper published in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City that is considered particularly outstanding as a scholarly contribution to the field of urban affairs. His paper was selected from amongst an international array of articles published in Volume 1 (2020), Volume 2 (2021), and Volume 3 (2022).


“The article ‘Race matters (even more than you already think): Racism, housing, and the limits of The Color of Law’ by David Imbroscio makes outstanding theoretical contributions with critical implications for policy. The article stood out as exceptional scholarship among a strong set of high-quality articles that included theoretical, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods inquiries. Imbroscio’s work challenges established assumptions in urban studies, particularly regarding racism, markets, and space, introducing the concept of the “racist theory of value” and has potential to reshape the field of urban studies. This innovative framework not only provides comprehensive critique of the existing and prominent paradigms but also proposes politically and socially relevant corrections aligned with the values of social justice. The article’s significant impact lies in its ability to generate new conversations and pivot points in the discourse on race and housing. It challenges the conventional understanding about race and racism, offering promising directions for research for those interested in incorporating racial capitalism into their scholarship. This thought-provoking article and its significant contributions to urban studies literature and practice make it a deserving recipient of the inaugural “Best Article in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, & the City Award.”


David Imbroscio is Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs at the University of Louisville. The author or editor of six books, including Urban America Reconsidered: Alternatives for Governance and Policy (Cornell University Press), he is a past recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity at the University of Louisville. He has published approximately 50 journal articles or book chapters. A past winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Outstanding Instructional Development, he has also won additional teaching awards at the University of Louisville. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Urban Affairs Review and is a past member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Affairs. In 2017, he served as Chair of the Conference Program Committee for the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) and was a member of the UAA Governing Board from 2005-2011. In 2021, he was inducted into the UAA Distinguished Service Honor Roll. His most recent scholarly writings appear in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City, Housing Policy Debate, Urban Affairs Review, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and Dialogues in Urban Research.


The formal presentation of this award will be made at the upcoming International Conference on Urban Affairs in New York at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The theme of this year’s conference is Cities on the Edge: Promoting Equity and Resiliency through Research, Activism, Planning and Policy. The conference will convene over 1200 participants from 55+ countries and representing 20+ fields of study. All award recipients will be formally recognized for their achievements during the Awards and Recognition Program on April 24, 2024; 4:30 – 5:30pm.


Amit Patel, UMass Boston (Chair); Amy Foerster, Pace University; Robert Lake, Rutgers University; Joel Mendez, University of Kansas; Patricia Posey, University of Chicago; Stacey Sutton, University of Illinois-Chicago


The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is an international professional organization for 700+ urban scholars, researchers, policy analysts, & public service providers. UAA is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world.

In addition to hosting an annual conference, UAA sponsors ongoing professional development opportunities; Upsilon Sigma: The Urban Studies Honor Society; and two peer-reviewed journals, the Journal of Urban Affairs and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City. You can find UAA on the web, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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