Hillary Angelo, PhD Candidate in Sociology, New York University 


I am an urban sociologist and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

My research explores the relationship between ideas about nature and urbanization from historical, theoretical, and ethnographic perspectives. I am interested in how ideas about nature are formed, the social conflicts they produce, and how they are deployed to influence the built environment.

My earlier work on the politics of killing birds in New York City examined the social conflicts that erupt when different understandings of "nature" collide in diverse urban environments. My dissertation examined this relationship at a greater spatial and temporal scale by tracing a century of urban greening in Germany‚Äôs Ruhr region. I am currently completing a book manuscript based on the research in Germany, and am also at work on two new projects: one on infrastructure and sociology, and the other on the rise and politics of urban sustainability planning.

I received my PhD in Sociology from New York University and hold a BA from Vassar College. Before returning to graduate school, I worked for five years with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, primarily on issues of participatory design, immigration, and public space use. 


My 2017 article, "From the City Lens toward Urbanisation as a Way of Seeing: Country/Cities Binaries on an Urbanising Planet," has won the Jane Addams Award for Best Article in Community and Urban Sociology from the Community and Urban Sociology section of the ASA. 

Very happy to announce the publication of a new paper in the Annals of the AAG entitled "Green and gray: New ideologies of nature in urban sustainability policy," co-authored with David Wachsmuth.


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/Cities Binaries on an Urbanising Planet." Urban Studies. 54(1): 158-178.

2016. (with David Wachsmuth and Daniel Aldana Cohen). "Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability." Nature News 536(7617): 391.

Hillary Angelo - UC Santa Cruz