Gregg Culver, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.
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)
- Culver, G. (forthcoming): Mobilität und die amerikanische Stadt. In U. Gerhard and W. Gamerith (eds.). Kulturgeograhie der USA. Heidelberg: Springer-Spektrum Verlag.
- Culver, G. (2017). Mobility and the Making of the Neoliberal
Creative City: The Streetcar as a Creative City Project?.Journal of Transport Geography.
- Culver, G. (2016): End of the line: the spatial framing of high-speed rail in Wisconsin. Journal of Transport Geography, 51: 70-76.
- Culver, G. (2015): Moving forward or taking a stand?: Discourses surrounding the politics of Wisconsin High-Speed Rail. Mobilities.
- Culver, G. (2015): A bridge too far: Traffic engineering science and the politics of rebuilding Milwaukee’s Hoan Bridge. In: Cidell, J. & Prytherch, D. (Hg.): Transport, Mobility, and the Production of Urban Space. New York: Routledge, pp. 81-99.
- Culver, G. (2015): Verkehrsprojekte und automobile Abhängigkeit in Wisconsin, USA. In: Geographische Rundschau 67 (5), pp. 11-13.
- Culver, G. (2014): Recommitting to the Car? The Politics of Multimodal Transportation in Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, UWM Digital Commons, Thesis and Dissertations, Paper 558.
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.
Cities Of, By, and For the Car?: kritische Perspektiven zur Produktion der Mobilität in der amerikanischen Stadt.Arbeitskreis Kritische Geographie der Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg.
Neoliberal ‚creative city‘ restructuring and its impacts on urban mobility, space and social (in)justice.Stadtgeographisches Kolloquium, Wintersemester, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg.