David Wilson


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

David Wilson was recently identified by the Professional Geographer as one of the world's 25 most prolific urban geographers (tied for 11th). His books include:

Wilson, D., 2018. Chicago’s New Racial Redevelopment Machine and South Side Blues Clubs (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan).       

Gerhard, U., Hoelscher, M., and D. Wilson, 2016. Making Creative Cities: New Inequalities (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan).    

Wilson, D., Miraftab, F., and K. Salo, 2015. Urban Inequalities Across the Globe (London: Routledge).

Wilson, D., 2015. The Politics of the Urban Sustainability Concept (Champaign: Common Ground).

Wilson, D., 2007. Cities and Race: the New American Black Ghetto (London: Routledge).  

Wilson, D., 2005. Inventing Black-On-Black Violence: Discourse, Space, Representation (Syracuse: Syracuse University).           

Jonas, A. and D. Wilson, 1999. Two Decades Later: Critical Perspectives On The Growth Machine Thesis (Albany: SUNY). Edited collection.

Wilson, D. and Huff, J., 1994. Marginalized Places and Populations: A Structurationist Agenda (Westport: Praeger) edited collection.

Jakle, J. and D. Wilson, 1992. Derelict Landscapes: the Wasting of America's Built Environment (Lanham, Md: Rowman and Littlefield).

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.