Max Page is Professor of Architecture and History at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He received his education at Yale University (BA, magna cum laude in History, 1988) and from the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, 1995). He is the author and editor of six books including Why Preservation Matters and Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States. He writes for a variety of publications about New York City, urban development, and the politics of the past.
His other publications include: The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940 (University of Chicago Press, 1999), which won the Spiro Kostof Award of the Society of Architectural Historians, for the best book on architecture and urbanism; The City’s End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York’s Destruction (Yale University Press, 2008); Building the Nation: Americans Write About Their Architecture, Their Cities, and Their Environment (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003, co-edited with Steven Conn); Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States (Routledge, 2003, co-edited with Randall Mason); The Future of Higher Education (Routledge, 2011, with Dan Clawson); Reconsidering Jane Jacobs (Planners Press, 2011, co-edited with Tim Mennell); Campus Guide to the University of Massachusetts (Princeton Architecture Press, 2013, with Marla Miller; and Memories of Buenos Aires: Signs of State Terrorism in Argentina (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013).
He is a recipient of fellowships from the Howard Foundation and the Fulbright Commission, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He is also an activist on behalf of public education, as a founder of PHENOM, the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, as a former president of the Massachusetts Society of Professors, the faculty and librarian union at UMass Amherst), and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the 110,000-member teachers union.