Amy Hillier, PhD, School of Design, Chair
Scholarship and Research: Dr. Hillier, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, studies geographic disparities in health and housing. Her research makes extensive use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and spatial analysis to understanding redlining and housing discrimination, access to healthful foods, park use, and exposure to outdoor advertising. She co-directs The Ward: Race and Class in Du Bois’ Seventh Ward, a public history, research, and teaching project dedicated to sharing the timeless lessons about racism and the role of research in affecting social change from W.E.B. Du Bois’ 1899 book, The Philadelphia Negro (www.dubois-theward.org).
Teaching: Dr. Hillier teaches graduate courses in community development and public health as well as graduate and undergraduate courses in GIS mapping in urban studies, city planning, public health, and social work.
Leadership and Mentorship for Women Faculty: Dr. Hillier serves as a diversity search advisor for PennDesign. Throughout her research career, she has mentored a wide range of high school, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, most of them women, through research internships. She is excited to serve on PFWF where she is mentored by women faculty leaders and able to provide support to other colleagues.