Dell Upton’s books include Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic (2008), Madaline: Love and Survival in Antebellum New Orleans (1996), and Holy Things and Profane: Anglican Parish Churches in Colonial Virginia (1986). His interest in African American history, architecture, and material culture is longstanding.
In recent years, Upton has studied the urban and rural landscapes of the post-Emancipation period. His most recent book, What Can and Can’t Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South (2015), is an exploration of civil-rights and African American history monuments in the American South. He is also working on a revised and enlarged edition of Architecture in the United States, originally published in 1998.