A black and white headshot of Dr. Abby Hickcox.
Associate Director of the Honors Program • Advisor of the University of Colorado Honors Journal
College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program

Office: Norlin Library M400J

Abby Hickcox brings an interdisciplinary perspective within the Social Sciences to the Honors Program. She earned a BA 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 Mexican ejido) in a national protected area in western Mexico. She earned her PhD 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, environment-society 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 include parks and protected areas, environmentalism, environmental justice, racism, racialization, white racial privilege, 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.