Joel Kotkin is a City Journal contributing editor. Described by The New York Times as America's "uber-geographer," for over three decades Kotkin has been one of the nation's most prolific and widely-published journalists. He currently writes the weekly "New Geographer" column for Forbes.com. He is also a distinguished presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in Orange, California, a senior visiting fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore, and a fellow at the National Chamber Foundation. A highly respected speaker and futurist, he consults for many leading economic development organizations, private companies, regions, and cities. He also serves as executive editor of the website www.newgeography.com.
Kotkin's books include The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 (The Penguin Press) and The City: A Global History (Random House/Modern Library). He lectures widely in the United States and worldwide, and is sought-after as a speaker by major business and financial organizations. In 2010 he won the Gene Burd Award for best urban reporting. He is currently serving as a guest lecturer at Singapore's Civil Service College. Kotkin attended the University of California, Berkeley. A native New Yorker, he has lived in California since 1971. He lives in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.