Vittoria Di Palma wins 2015 Louis Gottschalk Prize

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Vittoria Di Palma wins 2015 Louis Gottschalk Prize

April 14, 2015


Professor Vittoria Di Palma was recently awarded the 2015 Louis Gottschalk Prize by The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) for her book, Wasteland: A History. The annual prize is awarded for the best scholarly book on an eighteenth-century subject.


ASECS praised Wasteland as “a scholarly tour-de-fource that synthesizes disparate studies of subjects ranging from land enclosure to the sublime in order to shed new light on the prehistory of our current ecological challenges.”


“Vittoria brings cultural issues through an historical framework, or vice versa, into environmental discussions,” said Dean Qingyun Ma. "The design community is in serious need of the discourse brought forth by her work."


Di Palma and Wasteland: A History were also recognized by the PROSE Awards (The American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence) this year with an honorable mention in the architecture and urban planning category. In addition, Wasteland was one of five books awarded the 2015 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize by the Foundation for Landscape Studies.


Read more about Wasteland: A History here. Read about the book’s other awards here.