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Abby Hickcox brings an interdisciplinary perspective within the Social Sciences to the Honors Program. She earned a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in 2000. In 2006 she received a master’s of science from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her master’s research investigated the privatization of common property (the Mexicanejido) in a national protected area in western Mexico. She earned her Ph.D in Geography from the University of Colorado in 2012 and joined the Honors faculty the same year.
Geography itself is an interdisciplinary field, encompassing human geography, physical geography, and Geographic Information Science. Dr. Hickcox’s expertise lies within the human geography subfield and focuses on the relationship between people and the environment. Her areas of research and publication include parks and protected areas, environmentalism, environmental justice, racism, racialization, white racial privilege, power, gender, performativity, and the politics of belonging and exclusion. Specifically, through examination of historical and contemporary data, her research addresses the complicated overlap between environmentalism, progressive politics, and racism in Boulder, Colorado.
Though she often views the relationship between the residents of Boulder and their environment through a critical lens, she enjoys walking in parks and open space, especially with her dog. She also enjoys gardening and cooking.
Dr. Hickcox is the faculty advisor for the Honors Journal, an interdisciplinary student-run journal published annually, the works in which reflect the talent, diligence, and creativity of students at the University of Colorado. She is excited to offer courses that fulfill the MAPS requirement, including Environment and Culture (GEOG 2412), through the Honors Program.