Historian Eric Schneider Recognized with Urban History Book Prize

November 6, 2009

Eric Schneider, Adjunct Professor of History and Assistant Dean and Associate Director for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected to receive the Kenneth Jackson Award from the Urban History Association for his most recent book, Smack: Heroin and the American City.

Schneider’s scholarship focuses on the history of youth and adolescence, the history of criminal justice, and U.S. urban and social history. Smack, his third book, examines the spatial organization of the heroin trade, the creation of heroin marketplaces, and the recruitment of new users and sellers. His current research is on the history of homicide in the postwar city, with a focus on Philadelphia.

The Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American History is presented annually by the Urban History Association to recognize works on the basis of originality, significance, and contribution to the field of urban history. The award will formally be announced at the association’s annual dinner during the American Historical Association conference in January 2010.