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Nancy Kwak
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UC San Diego
Associate Professor
5016 Humanities and Social Science

9500 GIlman Dr. #0104

La Jolla, CA  

Additional Information
About My Work
Nancy Kwak is interested in the evolution of cities and urban spaces in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the role of planners, architects, and policymakers in reshaping neighborhoods and communities. While trained specifically in US urban history, Prof. Kwak currently pursues transnational, international, and comparative approaches to urban history.
“International Organizations and the Logic of Self-Help,” in Farhan Karim and Farhana Ferdous, eds., Routledge Companion to Architecture & Social Engagement (Routledge, forthcoming).
“Introduction” and “Slum clearance and the World Bank in globalizing Manila,” in Andrew Sandoval-Strausz and Nancy Kwak, eds., Making Cities Global (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).
A World of Homeowners: American power and the politics of housing aid (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
“The politics of Singapore’s fire narrative,” in Greg Bankoff, Uwe Luebken, and Jordan Sand, eds., Flammable Cities: Urban Conflagration and the Making of the Modern World (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011).
“International influences on the creation of a national landscape in Singapore 1945-2000,” in Shane Ewen and Pierre-Yves Saunier, eds., The Other Global City: Transnational Connections and Urban Problems in the Modern Age (London: Palgrave, 2008).
Professional Associations
Urban History Association, SACRPH, SHAFR