Professor Amy Hillier teaches courses relating to GIS, built environment and public health, and racism and social change for social work, social policy, city planning, and urban studies graduate and undergraduate students. Her research has focused largely on issues of geographic disparities and access to services and resources in disadvantaged communities. Her research has included GIS applications in historical mortgage redlining and housing discrimination, affordable housing, and park use, food shopping, and exposure to outdoor advertising.Her recent research and advocacy focuses on well-being of LGBT youth, particularly trans youth of color. Current research includes a critical participatory action research (CPAR) project with young adults about the experiences of trans youth in Philadelphia public schools, a survey of parents of transgender children about their experience with a support group, a survey about teacher responses to implementation of a policy supporting the rights of transgender students in the Philadelphia public schools, and in-depth interviews with transgender young adults about their experience of sharing their gender identity with their families.
In 2016, Dr. Hillier was awarded the School of Social Policy & Practice Teaching Award and the School of Design’sG. Holmes Perkins Dist