Joshua Akers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography and Urban & Regional Studies
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Social Sciences
2156 Social Sciences Building | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128
Available by appointment

Teaching Areas:

Geography, Urban and Regional Studies

Research Areas:

Geography, State Politics, Urban Growth and Development

Biography and Education

Akers' research and writing examines the intersection of markets and policy and their material impacts on urban neighborhoods and everyday life. He is particularly interested in the transition of property markets in the wake of the financial crisis. This work can be found in Urban Geography, IJURR, and Environment and Planning A. He works directly with organizations and activists focused on housing and tenancy issues in Detroit. He developed a web mapping tool to assist communities working to slow speculation and its effects on local neighborhoods. This work may be found at It is part of the Urban Praxis Workshop, which he directs. He is a contributing editor for Metropolitics, a journal of public scholarship.

Teaching Interests

Human Geography, Urban and Economic Geography, Social Theory, Social Construction of Data

Research Interests

Markets, State, Crisis, Cities


Ph.D., Geography, University of Toronto

B.A., American Studies, University of New Mexico