R. Hobbs Professorship in Urban Studies
Described by the New York Times as “America’s uber-geographer,” Joel Kotkin is an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. His latest book, The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class, is now available in paperback. He authored THE HUMAN CITY: Urbanism for the Rest of Us in 2016 and co-edited, with MIT’s Alan Berger, the 2018 collection Infinite Suburbia.
Mr. Kotkin is the Roger Hobbs Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Director of the Houston-based Urban Reform Institute (UrbanReformInstitute.org). He is Executive Editor of the widely read website NewGeography.com. He has a regular column in Spiked in the UK, the National Post in Canada and the American Mind. He also writes regularly for Unherd, Quillette, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, City Journal and Newsweek as well as many other national publications.
Kotkin is the author of seven previously published books, including the widely praised The New Class Conflict (Telos Press), which describes the changing dynamics of class in America.
Other past books include The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, which explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. The City: A Global History and Tribes: How Race, Religion and Identity Are Reshaping the Global Economy, was published in numerous languages including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German and Arabic.
Mr. Kotkin has published reports on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the places with the best opportunities for minorities. His 2013 report, “Post-familialism: Humanity’s Future,” an examination of the world’s future demography, was published by the Civil Service College of Singapore and Chapman University and has been widely commented on not only in the United States, but in Israel, Brazil, Canada and other countries.
He is editor, with Ryan Streeter, of a new book on the future of cities to be published in winter 2023 by the American Enterprise Institute. He has spoken to groups ranging from small numbers of CEOs to large international organizations. Consulting work has included ideas about improving American competitiveness and the US business climate as well as studies of New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, San Bernardino, and St. Louis, among others.