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Gregg Culver

Berliner Straße 48
Room 017
culver@uni-heidelberg.de
Phone: +49 6221 54-5578

 
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Gregg Culver, Ph.D.

Interim Professor of Human Geography in North America Winter Semester 2016/2017

Gregg Culver has been working as a research assistant at the Institute of Geography, Heidelberg, with Prof. Ulrike Gerhard in the Geography of North America / Urban Geography since September, 2014. He is currently serving as interim professor along with Editha Marquardt for Prof. Ulrike Gerhard. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in August 2014. His dissertation research involved the politics of two non-automobile transportation projects in Wisconsin, with particular focus on the competing interests, beliefs, normative values, and social meanings that are associated with mobility.

Research Areas

Gregg Culver’s primary area of research interest is in the intersection of critical urban, mobilities, and transportation geographies. In particular, his research interest lies in discourses revolving around urban mobility and space. Gregg Culver’s predominant regional interest is the U.S. rust-belt.

Current Project

His current research project Mobility and the Making of the Creative City: Neoliberal Urban Restructuring and its Impacts on Mobility, Space and Social (In)Justice is being funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). This project investigates whether and how neoliberal creative city strategies impact the production and politics of local mobility regimes, and what this means for concerns over ever-increasing social inequality. Using the empirical example of the surprising, and as of yet largely unexplained re-emergence of streetcar development projects in dozens of cities throughout the United States, this research aspires to make substantive theoretical and empirical contributions to urban, transport, and mobilities geographies.

Teaching

winter semester 2016/17:

  • Lecture North American City
  • Kontroverse Stadt-Raum-Mobilität: USA und Deutschland im Vergleich
  • Geographie und Gesellschaftskritik: Einführung in die Kritische Geographie (zusammen mit Simon Runkel und Edgar Wunder)
  • Vorlesung (HCA) "Einführung in die Geographie" (zusammen mit Prof. Gerhard)
Publications
Recent Presentations
  • 2016 Streetcar Politics in the Making of the Creative City: A Conflict in Sustainabilities? Graduate School of North American Studies International Graduate Conference 2016 – Flows and Undercurrents: Dimensions of Im/mobility in North America, John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 2016 Cities Of, By, and For the Car?: kritische Perspektiven zur Produktion der Mobilität in der amerikanischen Stadt. Arbeitskreis Kritische Geographie der Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg.
  • 2016 Neoliberal ‚creative city‘ restructuring and its impacts on urban mobility, space and social (in)justice. Stadtgeographisches Kolloquium, Wintersemester, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg.
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