Gregg Culver

Gregg Culver is currently serving as Interim Professor for Economic Geography at the University of Würzburg, during which he is on leave from his position as a research associate at Heidelberg University in the Geography Department as well as the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. His thematic research focus is the spaces and politics of urban mobility, with a special emphasis on the United States, particularly the United States rust belt. He joined Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard’s work group in Heidelberg 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 in the Winter Semester of 2016-2017. His academic career is particularly shaped by transatlantic experiences: Gregg obtained a Bachelor degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, gained a Master of Science at the Free University of Berlin and received his PhD at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is now pursuing his second book (Habilitation) at Heidelberg University, funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

His Habilitation research project, Neoliberal Urban Restructuring and its Contestations: Toward a New Framework for Research in Urban Mobility Politics, seeks to examine how urban mobility politics in US cities are being (re)shaped in the context of the recent political upheaval and a (from both left and right) contested neoliberalism. It also contributes toward understanding social justice not only in regard to the socio-economic related social justice implications of a neoliberal restructuring of urban transport, but also to consider the larger picture of how socio-economic, spatial and biophysical social injustices are bound up within the realm of daily public transit, auto-, and vélo-mobilities.

His recent publications have appeared in ACME: An International Journal of Critical Geographies, Applied Mobilities, Geographische Rundschau, and Journal of Transport Geography.