Daniel Elkin is a PhD Candidate studying American Capitalism. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of San Diego. His research and teaching interests include conservative politics and urban development with a particular focus on the Southwestern borderlands.
His dissertation Zona Libre: Conservatism, Free Trade, and the Politics of Growth in the San Diego Borderlands examines how the 1970s political pressures of urban growth on America’s self-proclaimed “Finest City,” led to the formation of a transnational metropolis that utilized the border to marginalize and segregate it’s working class in Tijuana, Mexico. In it he argues that instead of a top down innovation of business, the service-based “New Economy” was a negotiated equilibrium between capital seeking returns on investment and a white home-owning middle class guarding its quality of life.
In his personal life Dan is a long suffering fan of the “Los Angeles” Chargers and can often be found walking the streets of Fayetteville with his trusty companion, a black lab named Ike.