|Division||Social Sciences Division|
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|Office||Rachel Carson College, Sociology, Room 209|
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Santa Cruz, California
Urbanization, epistemologies of nature, infrastructure, sustainability planning, democracy and public space, urban and environmental sociology, social theory, visual and historical methods.
Biography, Education and Training
2015 - Ph.D., Sociology, New York University
2003 - B.A., Vassar College
Hillary Angelo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology whose research examines the interactions between social understandings of nature and processes of urbanization. She is particularly interested in how ideas about nature are formed, the social conflicts they produce, and how they are deployed to influence the built environment. She is currently preparing a book manuscript on the history of urban “greening” in Germany’s Ruhr region, and is at work on two new projects: one on infrastructure and sociology, and the other on issues of democracy and equity in sustainability planning. Hillary received her Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and hold a B.A. from Vassar College. Before returning to graduate school, she worked for five years with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, primarily on issues of participatory design, immigration, and public space use.
Honors, Awards and Grants
- 2014-2015. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
- 2015. Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy research grant, $7,500.
- 2011-2014. Einstein Research Fellowship funding grant (Humboldt University, Berlin), $50,000.
- 2010-2012. Institute for Public Knowledge funding grant, for Poiesis Fellowship (New York University), $25,000.
- How Green Became Good: Urban Greening as Social Improvement in Germany’s Ruhr Valley, (manuscript under preparation)
Contributions to Books
- “City Chickens and the Democratization of Urban Nature,” in Edges. New York University Press (Forthcoming).
- 2015. “Interactions with Infrastructure as Windows into Social Worlds: a Method for Critical Urban Studies” (introduction to Special Feature, co-authored with C. Hentschel). City.
- 2014. “Urbanizing Urban Political Ecology: A Critique of Methodological Cityism” in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research - Reprinted in Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Berlin: Jovis, 2014). Co-authored with D. Wachsmuth)
- 2013. “Bird in Hand: How Experience Makes Nature.” Theory and Society.
- 2013. “More than Exception: Categories and the Problem of Nature in the Ruhr.” Moving the Social – Journal of Social History and the History of Social Movements (formerly Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts für soziale Bewegungen).
Public Lecture or Forum Participation
- 2015. Panelist, Globalizing Knowledge (2015, Stanford University Press) discussion, at the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University. With C. Calhoun, G. Baiocchi, and M. Kennedy.
- 2015. Moderator/discussant, at the Grassroots: Urban Gardening as Politics, Deutsches Haus, New York University.
- 2013. “Urban Nature in the Ruhr, 1910-2010,” presentation for the Modern History Colloquium, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
- 2013. “Urban Nature in the Ruhr, 1910-2010,” presentation for Planning Department at Dortmund Technical University.
Papers Presented at Professional Meetings
- 2015. “The Social Value of Nature,” presented at the 40th annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Baltimore, Maryland
- 2015. “The Environmentalization of Desirability: Linking Ecological Upgrading and Social Displacement in the Capitalist City” (with Daniel Aldana Cohen and Gianpaolo Baiocchi), presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
- 2015. “Oases in an Industrial Landscape: Urban Greening as Social Improvement in Germany’s Ruhr Valley,” presented at Dimensions of Political Ecology conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
- 2014. “From The City as a Lens to Urbanization as a Way of Seeing: Refocusing Social Categories for an Urban Planet,” presented at the Junior Theorists’ Symposium, at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, California.
- 2014. “Old Categories, New Planet? Country/City Binaries and Contemporary Urban Theory,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, California.
- 2013. “Old Categories, New Planet? Country/City Binaries and Contemporary Urban Theory,” presented at the RC21/Sociology of Urban and Regional Development, International Sociological Association Conference, Berlin, Germany.
Courses TaughtSOCY 105A Classical Sociological Theory
SOCY 119 Sociology of Knowledge
SOCY 185 Environmental Inequality
SOCY 201 Making of Classical Soc Theory