An internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends, Joel Kotkin is the author of The City: A Global History to be published by Modern Library in early 2005. He is also author of the widely acclaimed, best-selling book, The New Geography, How the Digital Revolution is Reshaping the American Landscape (Random House, 2000).
Kotkin is an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation and is a highly respected speaker and futurist. He consults for many leading economic development organizations, private companies, regions and cities. In addition, Kotkin serves as Senior Research Fellow at CUNY/ Newman Institute Urban Fellow at Baruch College in New York City. This fall he has been named a visiting lecturer in history, theory and humanities at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles.For three years, he was 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.
Mr. Kotkin wrote the highly-acclaimed monthly "Grass Roots Business" column in The New York Times' Sunday Money & Business section for nearly three years. He is currently a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section. For five years he served as West Coast editor for Inc. Magazine and continues to contribute to the publication. His work also appears in The Washington Post, The New Republic, The New York Sun, The American Enterprise and The Wall Street Journal.
He is also the author of 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.
Recently Mr. Kotkin completed studies on the future of several major cities, including New York, St. Louis and the Inland Empire region of Southern California. He is currently completing a study on the future of both the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley economies as well as a study on the manufacturing economy for Korn-Ferry. In association with the Planning Center, he is currently working on a new project on the future of suburban development.
Mr. Kotkin lectures widely in the United States, Asia and Europe and has addressed both Democratic and Republican Congressional groups. He has testified before the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress, the State of California Economic Strategy Panel and is highly sought after as a speaker by major business and financial organizations.
Mr. Kotkin attended the University of California, Berkeley. A native New Yorker, he has lived in California since 1971. Mr. Kotkin is married to Mandy Shamis, has two daughters, Ariel and Hannah, and lives in the Valley Village section of Los Angeles.