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  Hillary Angelo

Hillary Angelo

Associate Professor



Social Sciences Division

Sociology Department

Associate Professor


Regular Faculty

Urban studies
Environmental History
Social Theory

Faculty Webpage

Rachel Carson College Academic Building

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Hillary Angelo is an urban-environmental sociologist who studies understandings of the environment and their relationship to large-scale spatial and social transformations. Her work offers a social-theoretical perspective on socio-ecological questions through both historical and contemporary research on urban greening, sustainability planning and policy, infrastructure, and climate change. Her research is also particularly attuned to the politics of the built environment: how natural and human-made environments mediate experience to produce particular understandings of society.

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.

Urbanization, nature, infrastructure, sustainability, democracy and public space, urban and environmental sociology, social theory, visual and historical methods, climate change, public lands and the energy transition

  • 2022-2023 Member, Institute for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Princeton
  • 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

  • 2023. "Boomtown: A Solar Land Rush in the West." Harper's Magazine. 
  • 2022. "Missing the housing for the trees: Equity in urban climate planning." Journal of Planning Education and Research.
  • 2021. How Green Became Good: Urbanized Nature and the Making of Cities and Citizens. University of Chicago Press.
  • 2021. "Why does everybody think cities can save the planet?" (with David Wachsmuth). Urban Studies. 
  • 2020. "Out in Space: Difference and Abstraction in Planetary Urbanization" (with Kian Goh). International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 

See my website ( for current CV and additional information about my research. Photo credit: Andrea Kane, Institute for Advanced Study.

SOCY 105A Classical Sociological Theory
SOCY 119 Sociology of Knowledge
SOCY 177 Urban Sociology
SOCY 185 Environmental Inequality
SOCY 201 Making of Classical Soc Theory
SOCY 223 Environmental Sociology
SOCY 206 Comparative and Historical Methods

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