Edward Soja

Edward Soja teaches in the Regional and International Development (RID) area of Urban Planning at UCLA. Along with philosopher Fredric Jameson, Soja is recognized as highlighting the Bonaventure Hotel as an example of late-capitalist, postmodern space. His wide-ranging studies of Los Angeles bring together traditional political economy approaches and recent trends in critical cultural studies. In Postmetropolis (2000) he brings these various research strands together in a comprehensive look at the geohistory of cities, from their earliest origins to the more recent development of what he calls regional urbanization. In his most recent book, Seeking Spatial Justice, he focuses on the resurgence of labor-community coalitions in Los Angeles.