Alex Hill

Alex Hill

Adjunct Professor


6135 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202


Social media

Alex Hill


Urban Studies and Planning

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

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

Selected publications

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.

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

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

 GPH3900/UP5999 Public Health and the City

PH4600 Special Topics in Health Disparities: Geography and Public Health