John Elrick

2015 Hellman Graduate Awardee

UC Berkeley

As a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography, John Elrick focuses on the ways in which the use of space and organization shapes the political character of urban life. His current research explores the shifting terrain of urban government in the San Francisco Bay Area. “I’m particularly interested in the role played by technical design practices…in the formation of metropolitan space and politics after WWII,” Elrick says.

Prior to attending Berkeley, he received his B.A. and M.A. in history from San Francisco State University. He says that the Hellman Fellowship will assist him in tangible ways.

“The award will enable me to focus my research and writing efforts at a critical stage in my graduate career,” Elrick adds.