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Disrupting D.C.: The Rise of Uber and the Fall of the City

with Dr. Katie Wells, Georgetown University


Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : Gallery

Date & Time

September 20, 2023, 4:00 pm5:30 pm


Disrupting D.C.: The Rise of Uber and the Fall of the City

Dr. Katie J. Wells is a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University. She studies how tech affects the way we live in cities, and especially how we govern them. A native of Canton, Ohio, she has lived in DC for 19 years.

Drawing on interviews with gig workers, policymakers, Uber lobbyists, and community organizers, Katie J. Wells will discuss her new book and explain how Uber offered a lifeline --- though a costly one --- to cities struggling with broken transit, underemployment, and racial polarization. The story she will tell is not the story of one company and one city. Instead, Wells will offer a 360-degree view of an urban America in crisis. Uber arrived promising a new future for workers, residents, policymakers, and others. Ultimately, Uber’s success and growth was never a sign of urban strength or innovation but a sign of urban weakness and low expectations about what city politics can achieve. Understanding why Uber rose reveals just how far the rest of us have fallen.

Click here to purchase Dr. Well's book in advance. Use promo code WELLS30 for a 30% off discount through Princeton University Press.

Light refreshments will be served.