Research in the dictionaryThe UCSC Sociology Department faculty research interests fall into one or more of these three areas:

  • Political Economies and Political Ecologies

  • New Studies of Inequality

  • Culture, Knowledge, and Power

Hillary Angelo
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 209
  • 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 Assistant Professor of Sociology whose research examines interactions between social understandings of nature and urbanization processes. She is 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

Select Grants and Awards

  • 2017 Berggruen Fellowship, New York University
  • 2016 Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline research grant, American Sociological Association
  • 2016 Research Grant (London School of Economics)
  • 2015 Dissertation Award: Theda Skocpol Dissertation Award of the Comparative and Historical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.


Selected Publications