David Wilson



David Wilson is currently investigating projects pivoting around the political economy of the U.S. city. Specific projects examine the politics of urban growth regimes in U.S. cities, the politics of competing discursive formations that generate gentrified neighborhoods and poverty communities, and the racializing of the contemporary urban issues of crime and city growth. Professor Wilson has served on the editorial boards of Urban Geography, Professional Geographer, Social and Cultural Geography, Syracuse University Press (Society, Space, and Place Book Series), Inter-Cultural Studies, the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography project and ACME: International Journal for Critical Geography.

Research Interests

  •       Political Economy of U.S. Cities  
  •       Urban Political Processes
  •       Cultural Studies of U.S. Cities
  •       Social Theory and the Built Environment
  •       Qualitative Methods 


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • B.A., State University of New York at Albany

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Geography and Geographic Information Science
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Recent Publications

Jonas, A. E. G., Miller, B., Ward, K., & Wilson, D. (2018). Spaces of urban politics: An introduction. In K. Ward, A. E. G. Jonas, B. Miller, & D. Wilson (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics (pp. 1-10). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315712468-1

Jonas, A. E. G., & Wilson, D. (2018). Spaces of utopia and dystopia. In The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics (pp. 539-541). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315712468

Jonas, A. E. G., & Wilson, D. (Accepted/In press). The nation-state and the city: introduction to a debate. Urban Geography, 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2018.1461991

Miller, B., & Wilson, D. (2018). Spaces of identity. In The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics (pp. 465-467). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315712468

Ward, K., Jonas, A. E. G., Miller, B., & Wilson, D. (Eds.) (2018). The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics. (Routledge International Handbooks). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315712468

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