Congratulations to our very own faculty fellow, Vittoria di Palma, for receiving the 2016 American Historical Association’s Herbert Baxter Adams award! 


Di Palma won the award for her book Wasteland, A History (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014), a study of early modern English conceptions of hostile territories that aims to serve as a prehistory of current attitudes toward toxic and derelict postindustrial sites. By focusing on swamps, mountains, and forests, the book argues that these kinds of resistant landscapes are united not by any essential physical characteristics, but rather by the aversive reactions they inspired.

Other awards for Wasteland, A History include

  • 2016 Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award by the Society of Architectural Historians
  • 2015 Louis Gottschalk Prize by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • 2015 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize by The Foundation for Landscape Studies
  • 2015 PROSE Award (American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, Honorable Mention in Architecture and Urban Planning)

The American Historical Association will be honoring this year’s recipients at their annual meeting in Denver, January 5-8, 2017.

Di Palma is Associate Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture in the School of Architecture at USC.  She specializes in modern European architectural history and theory, with particular concentrations in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architecture, early modern land use and landscape, and contemporary landscape theory and design.