David A. Banks

David A. Banks

Lecturer and Program Director - Globalization Studies BA
Department of Geography & Planning
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PhD, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2016
MS, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014
BA, Urban Studies, New College of Florida, 2009

David A. Banks

David A. Banks is author of The City Authentic: How the Attention Economy Builds Urban America (2023, University of California Press). It is the first book to explore how our cities gentrify by becoming social media influencers—and why it works. His writing has also appeared in The Guardian, Dwell Magazine, Insider, The Baffler, E-Flux Architecture and elsewhere.

His teaching focuses on urban culture, digital technology, design, international planning cultures, and the finance industry's influence in all of the above.

Courses Taught

  • A GLO/A GOG/A USP 325: Global Urbanism and Culture
  • A USP 425: Community Development and Neighborhood Planning
  • A GLO / A USP 320 International Urban Planning
  • A USP 475 / A PLN 575 Urban Design and Public Space