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Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin

An internationally recognized authority on global economic, political and social trends, Joel Kotkin is the author of the critically acclaimed book,...


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Joel Kotkin on California’s Golden Age

Kevin Starr’s newest volume in his magisterial series on California examines the dream of endless prosperity that was, for a time, synonymous with the American dream.

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Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin

An internationally recognized authority on global economic, political and social trends, Joel Kotkin is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “The City: A Global History” (Random House/Modern Library), with editions published in China, Spain, UK and the British Commonwealth, Japan and Korea. Currently, he is writing a book on the American future for early next year from Penguin Publishing, which will look at how the nation will evolve in the next four decades.

Kotkin is Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California.  A highly respected speaker and futurist, he consults for many leading economic development organizations, private companies, regions and cities. Joel is also a Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation in Washington, DC; a Fellow with the Center for an Urban Future in New York City; and a Senior Consultant with the Praxis Strategy Group in Fargo, North Dakota.

A widely published journalist, Mr. Kotkin writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for He previously wrote the monthly “Grass Roots Business” column in The New York Times’ Sunday Business section for several years. He served as West Coast Editor for Inc. Magazine for five years and continues to contribute to the publication. His work also appears in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The American and on

He was a Business Trends Analyst for KTTV/Fox Television in Los Angeles, where, in 1994, he won the Golden Mike Award for Best Business Reporting on the changing dynamics of the entertainment industry.

Kotkin is also the author of “The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution is Reshaping the American Landscape” (Random House, 2000); and “Tribes: How Race, Religion and Identity Determine Success In the New Global Economy” (Random House, 1993), which traces the connection between ethnicity and business success — how in-group loyalties are becoming the driving force in the new global economy. TRIBES has been published in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and German. He co-authored “The Third Century — America’s Resurgence in the Asian Era” (Crown, 1988).  This title was translated into Japanese and Chinese, with a special English edition published for the Pacific Rim.  His first book, “California, Inc.” (Crown, 1982) dealt with California’s links to the emergent powers of the Pacific Rim.  Kotkin’s novel, “The Valley,” was published in 1983 by Bantam Books.

Mr. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including New York; St. Louis; Phoenix; Laval, Quebec’s second largest city; Los Angeles; and Houston. In association with the Planning Center and the La Jolla Institute, he also completed a year-long study on the future of suburban development.

He is currently leading a study to promote economic revitalization for Salinas, California; the future of New York’s middle class; and on the future of American communities for Reason Foundation and Chapman University. Mr. Kotkin is also working as consultant with the La Jolla Institute on a study for the City of Ontario, California and with Praxis Strategy Group on plans for a heartland development bank.

He lectures widely in the United States, UK, Asia, Australia and Europe and is sought after as a speaker by major business and financial organizations.

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