Urban & Regional Planning Chair at the University of Southern California, Author of The Sum of Small Things (Princeton University Press; 2017)
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett is a professor and James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She teaches courses in economic development and urban policy and planning. She is the author of The Sum of Small Things: Culture and Consumption in the 21st Century, The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City, and Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity. Currid-Halkett’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Economist, and The New Yorker, among others.
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett travels from Los Angeles, CA.
An Economist “Wise Words 2017 Book of the Year”
“Elizabeth Currid-Halkett says a new cultural elite is on the rise: the aspirational class. These are people who aren’t necessarily rich but who share a set of views on the most socially conscious ways to spend money…. Currid-Halkett argues that they are driven primarily by an aspiration to be—or at least appear to be—‘their version of better humans.”
“What makes Currid-Halkett’s argument powerful is that she mines the data to prove that the members of this group are passing on their privilege to their children in just as pernicious a way as the old aristocrats passed on their estates and titles.”
“The aspirational class gets a kick in the quinoa courtesy of Elizabeth Currid-Halkett’s The Sum of Small Things.”