Alex B. Hill

Alex B. Hill

GIS Director
Adjunct Professor


Social media


Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Department of Public Health 

Alex B. Hill

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

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

Selected publications

Parker, S. J., DeLaroche, A. M., Hill, A. B., Arora, R., & Gleason-Comstock, J. (2022). Influenza vaccination coverage among an urban pediatric asthma population: Implications for population health. Plos one, 17(10), e0269415.

Hill, A. B.; Kaur, R.; Sundermeir, S. M.; Kasprzak, C.; Winkler, M.; John, S.; Dombrowski, R. D.; Bode, B.; Gittelsohn, J. (2022). Refining the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) for Healthy Community Stores: Adaptations to Capture Alternative Food Retailers and Align with Dietary Guidelines. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19, 12875.

Sundermeir, S. M., Winkler, M. R., John, S., Colón-Ramos, U., Kaur, R., Hickson, A., … Hill, A. B. & Gittelsohn, J. (2022). A Commentary on the Healthy Community Stores Case Study Project: Implications for Retailers, Policy, and Future Research. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19(14), 8824.

John, S., Winkler, M. R., Kaur, R., DeAngelo, J., Hill, A. B., Sundermeir, S. M., ... & Gittelsohn, J. (2022). Balancing Mission and Margins: What Makes Healthy Community Food Stores Successful. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(14), 8470.

Kaur, R., Winkler, M. R., John, S., DeAngelo, J., Dombrowski, R. D., Hickson, A., ... Hill, A. B. … & Leone, L. A. (2022). Forms of Community Engagement in Neighborhood Food Retail: Healthy Community Stores Case Study Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(12), 6986.

Gleason-Comstock, J., Calhoun, C. B., Mozeb, G., Louis, C., Hill, A. B., Locke, B. J., ... & Xu, J. (2022). Recruitment, Retention, and Future Direction for a Heart Health Education and Risk Reduction Intervention Led by Community Health Workers in an African American Majority City. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-9.

Dombrowski, R. D., Hill, A. B., Bode, B., Knoff, K. A., Dastgerdizad, H., Kulik, N., ... & Bynum, W. (2022). Assessing the Influence of Food Insecurity and Retail Environments as a Proxy for Structural Racism on the COVID-19 Pandemic in an Urban Setting. Nutrients, 14(10), 2130.

O'Leary, B. F., Hill, A. B., Akers, K. G., Esparra-Escalera, H. J., Lucas, A., Raoufi, G., ... & Dittrich, T. M. (2022). Air quality monitoring and measurement in an urban airshed: Contextualizing datasets from the Detroit Michigan area from 1952 to 2020. Science of The Total Environment, 152120.

DePaula, N., Hagen, L., Roytman, S., Dyson, D., Alnahass, D., Patel, M., & Hill, A. B. (2022, January). A Framework of Social Media Messages for Crisis and Risk Communication: A Study of the Covid-19 Pandemic. In Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Gittelsohn, J., Kasprzak, C. M., Hill, A. B., Sundermeir, S. M., Laska, M. N., Dombrowski, R. D., ... & Leone, L. A. (2022). Increasing Healthy Food Access for Low-Income Communities: Protocol of the Healthy Community Stores Case Study Project. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19(2), 690.

Hill, A. B. (2021). Detroit in 50 Maps. Belt Publishing, Cleveland, OH.

Levy, P., McGlynn, E., Hill, A. B., Zhang, L., Korzeniewski, S. J., Foster, B., ... & Shanley, C. J. (2021). From pandemic response to portable population health: A formative evaluation of the Detroit mobile health unit program. Plos one, 16(11), e0256908.

Harrison, N. E., Ehrman, R. R., Curtin, A., Gorelick, D., Hill, A. B., Brennan, E., & Dunne, R. (2021). Factors Associated With Voluntary Refusal of Emergency Medical System Transport for Emergency Care in Detroit During the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Network Open, 4(8), e2120728-e2120728.

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 by Alex B. Hill

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022