Sociology Faculty

Hillary Angelo
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 209
  • Office Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15-4:45pm and by appointment
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Urban studies, Environmental History, Sociology, Sustainability
  • Courses SOCY 105A Classical Sociological Theory, SOCY 119 Sociology of Knowledge, SOCY 185 Environmental Inequality, SOCY 201 Making of Classical Soc Theory

Research Interests

Urbanization, nature, infrastructure, sustainability, democracy and public space, urban and environmental sociology, social theory, visual and historical methods.


Biography, Education and Training

Hillary Angelo is an urban-environmental sociologist particularly interested in how ideas about nature are formed, the social conflicts they produce, and how they are deployed to shape the built environment. She is currently completing 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 equity in urban sustainability planning. Hillary received her Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and holds a B.A. from Vassar College. Before completing her PhD, 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

Select Grants and Awards

  • 2018 Jane Addams Award for Best Article in Community and Urban Sociology from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association 
  • 2017 Berggruen Fellowship, New York University
  • 2016 Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline research grant, American Sociological Association 

Selected Publications

  • 2019. (with Boris Vormann). “Long Waves of Urban Reform: Putting the Smart City in its Place.” City. DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2018.1549850.
  • 2018. (with David Wachsmuth). "Green and Gray: New Ideologies of Nature in Urban Sustainability Policy." Annals of the American Association of Geographers. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2017.1417819.
  • 2017. “From the City Lens Toward Urbanisation as a Way of Seeing: Country/City Binaries on an Urbanising Planet.” Urban Studies. 54(1): 158-178.
  • 2016. “Expand the Frontiers of Urban Sustainability” (with David Wachsmuth and Daniel Aldana Cohen), Nature 536: 391-393.