Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin is executive editor of An internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends, Mr. Kotkin is the author of the widely praised new book, The New Class Conflict, which describes the changing dynamics of class in America.

Mr. Kotkin is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism (  He is executive editor of the widely read website and writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for  He serves on the editorial board of the Orange County Register and writes a weekly column for that paper, and is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast.

His previous books include The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, published by The Penguin Press. The book explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. His previous, also critically acclaimed book, was The City: A Global History.

Mr. Kotkin has published reports on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the rise of growth corridors in the US economy. His recent 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.

Over the past decade, Mr. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide Legatum study focusing on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City; as well as other studies of New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston and St. Louis, among others. In 2010 he completed an international study on “the new world order” for the Legatum Institute in London, UK that traced transnational ethnic networks, particularly in East Asia. He also has worked in smaller communities, including a report — working with Praxis Strategy Group — on the rise of the Great Plains for Texas Tech University.