Vittoria Di Palma receives 2016 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize

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Vittoria Di Palma receives 2016 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize

October 21, 2016

Professor Vittoria Di Palma will receive the 2016 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize for her book, Wasteland: A History. The American Historical Association (AHA) awards the prize annually in recognition of an outstanding book published in English in the area of European history.


In a press release, the prize review committee commented,” This brilliantly conceived and elegantly written book draws on an array of disciplines to examine the neglected concept of wasteland since the early modern period.”


Considered one of the most prestigious accolades in the field of European history, the Adams Prize is the latest honor in the wealth of recognition that Professor Di Palma and Wasteland have received.


This past spring, the Society of Architectural Historians awarded Di Palma with the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award, which recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of landscape architecture or garden design.


Wasteland has also received the 2015 Louis Gottschalk Prize, a 2015 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, and a 2015 PROSE Award.


“Vittoria’s view toward landscape combines human activities and ideas,” said Dean Qingyun Ma. “Her writing is valuable to many fields of study, contributing to the paradigm wherein our relationship to the land plays a primal role.”


Di Palma will receive the Adams Prize in a ceremony at the AHA’s Annual Meeting in Denver in January 2017. ◼