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Hunter Professor Matthew Lasner Wins Book Prize

Matthew Lasner, assistant professor of urban affairs and planning, has won the 2013 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize for his book High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century. Sponsored by the Vernacular Architecture Forum, the prize recognizes Lasner for an "erudite, deeply researched, and highly original" study that "unites urban history, social geography, and economics" to break new scholarly ground. "High Life," wrote the prize committee, "challenges us to search outside well-traveled paths, and seek inspiration in unlikely places. Lasner writes with grace and ease, integrating finely-grained details about specific developments, people, and locales with grand themes of social history." You can read the full citation at

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