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William Kutz, BA, MA, PhD

William Kutz, BA, MA, PhD

University Lecturer


Dr. Kutz is known for his research on the political economy of cities: the role that they play in the coordination of economic growth and change, the political strategies public authorities mobilize to manage fiscal instability, and the transformation of urban residents' everyday life in that process. His research has primarily been undertaken in the context of the Mediterranean, with a secondary interest in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.


  • 2016-2017: Visiting Professor, Geography Department, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2013-2016: Lecturer in Geography, University of Manchester
  • 2010-2013: Research and Teaching Assistant, Clark University
  • 2008-2010: Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Miami


  • 2013: Ph.D. Geography, Clark University
  • 2010: MA, Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami
  • 2007: BA, International Communications, The American University of Paris


Dr. Kutz is a human geographer with interests that focus broadly on:

  • Political geographies of urban and economic development
  • Comparative metropolitan finance and planning
  • Critical theories of urban space and society

These interests are primarily examined through the changing geo-political and geo-economic relationships between the European Union and its southern Mediterranean Neighborhood as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.

Current projects include:

  • French theory's travels in anglo-american geography
  • Financialization of the European periphery
  • The historical geography of Mediterranean integration


Journal articles

  • Kutz, W. (2018) Financialization interrupted: Unwilling subjects of housing reform in Morocco. City, 22(4), 568-583.
  • Kutz, W. (2017). Municipalizing geo-economic statecraft. Crisis and transition in Europe. Environment and Planning A, 49(6), 1224-1246.
  • Kutz, W. (2016). Eurozone crisis and emerging market expansion: Capital switching and the uneven geographies of Spanish urbanization. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40(6), 1075-1093.
  • Kutz, W. and Lenhardt, J. (2016). "Where to put the spare cash?" Subprime urbanization and the geographies of the financial crisis in the Global South. Urban Geography, 37(6), 926-948.
  • Davidson, M. and Kutz, W. (2015). Grassroots austerity: Municipal bankruptcy from below in Vallejo, California. Environment and Planning A, 47(7), 1440-1459.
  • Kanai, M. and Kutz, W. (2013). Entrepreneurial assemblages from off the map: (Trans)national designs for Tangier. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(1), 80-98.
  • Kanai, M. and Kutz, W. (2011). Entrepreneurialism in the globalizing city-region of Tangier, Morocco. Tijdshrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 102(3), 346-360.


  • M'Rabet, M. and Hamelin, S.-P. (2010). Stories de Tangier/Tangier Stories. Translated by W. Kutz. Casablanca: Editions du Sirocco.


  • Geography Tripos:
    • Part IA: Contemporary Urban Geography
    • Part IB: Citizenship, Cities, and Civil Society
    • Part II: Global Urbanism
  • Social Science Research Methods Centre:
    • Working with Archives

External activities

  • Mentor, American Institute for Maghribi Studies Doctoral Mentor Program
  • Research Affiliate, Association Marocaine des Investisseurs en Capital (AMIC), Casablanca, Morocco
  • Research Affiliate, Centre Jacques-Berque pour le Développement des Sciences Humaines et Sociales au Maroc, Rabat, Morocco
  • Research Affiliate, Tangier American Legation, Tangier, Morocco
  • Boardmember, 212 Society (overseeing Association Darna and the Cinématheque de Tanger in Morocco)
  • Member, American Association of Geographers
  • Member, American Institute for Maghribi Studies