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Stephen Nepa


  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas


  • “The new urban dining room: sidewalk cafes in postindustrial Philadelphia,” Buildings and Landscapes: journal of the vernacular architecture forum 18.2 (Fall 2011): 60-81.

  • “Automats,” in Charlene Mires, Randall Miller, and Howard Gillette, eds. Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, in progress
  • “Marcus Samuelsson,” in Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, eds., African-American National Biography New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • “Cesar Chavez,” “Barry Goldwater,” and “Frank Lloyd Wright,” in Alexandra Kindell, ed., Encyclopedia of Populism. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Press, forthcoming)
  • “At Disney’s Altar: experience dining and the cultural rebranding of Philadelphia’s built environment,” in Laura Turner Igoe and Alan Braddock, eds., A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia, ecology, and the material imagination. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014
  • Book Review: “Nature’s Entrepôt: Philadelphia’s urban sphere and its environmental thresholds,” Environmental History, 2013
  • Book Review: “Governing by Design: architecture, economy, and politics in the twentieth century,” Planning Perspectives 28, 2013
  • “Taverns,” in Charlene Mires, Randall Miller, and Howard Gillette, eds. Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.
  • “Beyond bulldozers and housewives: rethinking renewal in a post-renewal age,” Essays in History, 2013
  • Review Symposium: “Hotel Dreams: luxury, technology, and urban ambition in America, 1829-1929,” Hospitality and Society 2.3, 328-331, 2013
  • Book Review: “Town and Terraced Housing: for affordability and sustainability,” Planning Perspectives 27, 479-481, 2012
  • “Restaurants as Vehicles for Adaptive Reuse in Urban Architecture” and “Mass Transit in the United States” in Kim Kennedy-White, ed., America Goes Green: an encyclopedia of eco-friendly culture in the United States,  211-214, 569-572, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Press, 2012
  • “The new urban dining room: sidewalk cafes in postindustrial Philadelphia,” Buildings and Landscapes 18.2, 60-81, 2011

Awards & Fellowships

  • Featured scholar w/ Fred Rowland (project curator), “Human Sciences: Philadelphia History Series,” Paley Library, Temple University, July 2012:            

  • Consultant, Philadelphia Oral History Workshop, Dept. of History, West Chester University, spring 2011

  • Temple University, Graduate College, Dissertation Completion Grant, 2011-2012 

  • Research Grant, Temple University Urban Ecological Studies Program, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Baron Distinguished Teaching Award, Temple University, Dept. of History, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
  • Graduate Excellence Award, Temple University, College of Liberal Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2009
  • Chief researcher, Historic Resource Study, Pipe Spring National Monument, Fredonia, AZ, 2004
  • Research Grant, U.S. National Park Service, Las Vegas, NV, 2004-2005.
  • Visiting Researcher Grant, Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2004