Alex Hill

Alex Hill

GIS Director
Adjunct Professor


6135 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202


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Alex Hill


Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Department of Public Health 

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

 Medical Anthropology, Urban Studies, Health Geography, Food Access, Nutrition

Selected publications

Santarossa, S., Hill, A. B., Sitarik, A., Mackenzie, T., Hawkins, S., Scher, K., . . . Joseph, C. (2021). Food insecurity in Detroit: Exploring the relationship between patient-reported food insecurity and proximity to healthful grocery stores. Public Health Nutrition, 1-24. doi:10.1017/S1368980021003128

Hill, A. B. (2021). “Treat Everybody Right:” Examining Foodways to Improve Food Access. Journal of Food Systems and Community Development, 10(3), 1-8.

Eisenberg, A., Seymour, E., Hill, A. B., & Akers, J. (2020). Toxic structures: Speculation and lead exposure in Detroit’s single-family rental market. Health & Place, 64, 102390.

Korzeniewski, S. J., Bezold, C., Carbone, J. T., Danagoulian, S., Foster, B., Misra, D., ... & Hill, A. B. (2020). The Population Health OutcomEs aNd Information Exchange (PHOENIX) Program-A Transformative Approach to Reduce the Burden of Chronic Disease. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 12(1).

A people's atlas of Detroit. eds. Campbell, L., Newman, A., Safransky, S., & Stallmann, T. Wayne State University Press, 2020.

Shen, Y., Clarke, P., Gomez-Lopez, I. N., Hill, A. B., Romero, D. M., Goodspeed, R., ... & Veinot, T. C. (2019). Using social media to assess the consumer nutrition environment: comparing Yelp reviews with a direct observation audit instrument for grocery stores. Public health nutrition, 1-8.

Hill, A. B. “Race, Food, and Rebellion: Detroit’s History and Conflicts over Food Access.” FoodAnthro (2018).

Shaver, E. R., Sadler, R. C., Hill, A. B., Bell, K., Ray, M., Choy-Shin, J., ... & Jones, A. D. (2018). The Flint Food Store Survey: combining spatial analysis with a modified Nutrition Environment Measures Survey in Stores (NEMS-S) to measure the community and consumer nutrition environments. Public Health Nutrition, 1-12.

Hill, A. B. and Stovall, M. “The Detroitists: Reflections of Detroit Ethnographers at the Anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion.” Anthropology News., (2017). 

Hill, Alex B. "Critical inquiry into Detroit's “food desert” metaphor." Food and Foodways, (2017): 1-19.

Hill, A. B. “‘Nothing Changes’: Community Mapping Practice in Detroit. Antipode Online (2017).

Gomez-Lopez, Iris N., Philippa Clarke, Alex B. Hill, Daniel M. Romero, Robert Goodspeed, Veronica J. Berrocal, VG Vinod Vydiswaran, and Tiffany C. Veinot. "Using Social Media to Identify Sources of Healthy Food in Urban Neighborhoods." Journal of Urban Health (2017): 1-8.

Stovall, Maya, and Alex B. Hill. "Blackness in Post‐Bankruptcy Detroit: Racial Politics and Public Discourse." North American Dialogue 19, no. 2 (2016): 117-127.

Hill, A. B. “‘Nothing Changes’: Community Mapping Practice in Detroit. Antipode Online (2017).

Hill, A. B. “Urban Agriculture in Detroit: It’s not a ‘Food Desert,’ it’s about Food Sovereignty.” Progressive Planning: State of Planning in Detroit (2015).

Courses taught

US3550/PH3550 Public Health and the City

GPH3600/UP6700 Geographic Information Systems

PH4600 Special Topics in Health Disparities: Geography and Public Health

Courses taught by Alex Hill

Spring-Summer Term 2023 (future)

Winter Term 2023 (current)

Fall Term 2022

Fall Term 2021