Hilary Wilson

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Research Interests

  • Urban political economy; histories and theories of urban planning; race, gender, and class; North American rust belt, financialization.

Advisor: Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Hilary’s research broadly examines the historical role of urban governance in (re)producing socio-spatial inequality along the lines of race, gender, and class. Her dissertation will trace the material and discursive dimensions of the financialization of urban governance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, focusing on the role of racial ideology in shaping the city’s fiscal policy since the 1970s. Before pursuing her PhD, Hilary worked and volunteered in various capacities in Milwaukee’s non-profit and cooperative sectors, and was a founding board member of the Milwaukee Community Land Trust, the city’s first land trust devoted to providing permanently affordable housing for low-income Milwaukee residents. She holds an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.