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A Closer Look with Award Winner Lisa Ann Schweitzer

Thursday, March 9, 2017  
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ACSP/FWIG Margarita McCoy Award

Lisa Ann Schweitzer, University of Southern California

The 2016 selection committee chose Professor Lisa Schweitzer from a field of impressive candidates because of her clear contributions to the advancement of women in planning in the teaching, research, and service categories. As one member observed, “To have such impact in each category suggests that Lisa Schweitzer embodies the role as champion and advocate for women in planning.” The committee also commended her for being a model for women in the planning academy, for her leadership in FWIG, and for her dedication to advancing women through her teaching.

ACSP recently connected with Lisa to find out more about this accomplishment.

How did you feel when you won the award?
It’s been an honor to serve with FWIG and ACSP, and getting the award is just incredible. An even bigger honor.

Who do you want to thank, if any?
Sandi Rosenbloom has been a mentor to me for years. But Kathryn Quick and Hillary Nixon made receiving the award even more fun.

What inspired you about this project?
I don’t think I won for a project, per se. But I do find writing and researching feminist and justice issues extremely inspiring.

What’s next?
I’m working on a book project that looks at how people demonstrate hospitality in the city.

Lisa's Bio
Lisa Schweitzer is Associate Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She specializes in urban studies, and, in particular, analyses of social justice, environment and transport. Her work has appeared in multiple popular and scholarly outlets, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She maintains a blog about sustainable urbanism at

About ACSP Awards
Each year ACSP is proud to honor faculty and students who have distinguished themselves or made major contributions to the academy or to the profession via outreach efforts, public service or for service to ACSP, the Academy, or the profession. A complete listing and history for all awards can be found at

The Margarita McCoy Award is given biannually in even years by the ACSP Faculty Women's Interest Group and recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution toward the advancement of women in planning at institutions of higher education through service, teaching, and/or research.

The 2016 Margarita McCoy Award Committee includes: Committee Chair Kathryn Quick, University of Minnesota; Meghan Gough, Virginia Commonwealth University; Sandi Rosenbloom, University of Texas Austin; and Patricia Pollak, Cornell University.


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.