Gregg Culver

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Gregg Culver, Ph.D.

Gregg Culver is Habilitant and research associate in the Geography of North America / Urban Geography work group, and principal investigator of the research project Mobility and the Making of the Creative City: Neoliberal Urban Restructuring and its Impacts on Mobility, Space and Social (In)Justice, funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). He joined Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard’s work group in 2014, where he has worked as postdoctoral research associate, and served alongside Dr. Editha Marquardt as Interim Professor for Human Geography of North American for Prof. Ulrike Gerhard in the Winter Semester of 2016-2017. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in August 2014 and his MSc in Metropolitan Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He completed his BA in Geography and German with a Certificate in International Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed a year abroad studying Cultural Sciences at Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), and a semester abroad studying Foreign Language Instruction at Malmö University, Sweden.

Research Areas

Gregg Culver’s primary area of research interest is in the intersection of critical urban, mobilities, and transport geographies. In particular, his research interest lies in the politics of how urban mobility and its spaces are shaped. Gregg Culver’s predominant regional interest is the United States, especially the region known as the 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 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.


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)
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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