Systems Design Thinking Program


Alex Hill

Adjunct Faculty

MA, Wayne State University
BA, Michigan State University

Alex B Hill

Research Interests:

Mapping, GIS, health communications, data literacy, health equity, racial justice.

Professional Experience:

Alex has more than 10 years of experience working with communities and organizations on campaigns that have impact. As a data nerd and anthropologist, Alex loves sifting through spreadsheets and sitting down for interviews to tell meaningful stories with information. By combining human experiences with data and analytics, Alex is able to elevate the reach for all types of businesses and organizations. His projects and research focus on the need for greater community involvement at all levels, understanding the limitations of data, and specifically highlights the intersections of power, privilege, and race in regards to societal disparities, access to basic needs, and digital inequities. 

Alex’s projects and research have been featured in the Journal of Urban Health, CityLab, Public Health Nutrition, Curbed, Eater, and Michigan Radio as well as exhibited at the Chicago Design Museum, Queens Museum, and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Significant Publications/Presentations/Exhibitions:

Diagrams of Power [Exhibit]. Toronto, Canada: ONSITE Gallery: Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). (2018, July - October) 

Intersections: The City Through Cartography [Exhibit]. Detroit, MI: AIA Michigan, Detroit Center for Design and Technology. (2018, February - March)

Mapping Detroit and Public Policy [Solo Exhibition, Maps] Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Gallery.(2016, November - December) 

A Focus on Detroit [Maps] New York City, NY: Map Mosaic: From Queens to the World: Queens Museum. (2016, October) 

Property Praxis [Map/Interactive] Quito, Ecuador: Habitat III: Visualizing Cities. (2016, October) 

Ecologies of Detroit [Maps] Windsor, ON, Canada, Stories of the City: INTERMINUS Gallery. (2015, November - December) 

Social Justice Mapping in Detroit, [Featured Artist, Maps]. Kalamazoo, MI: Praxis Center. (2015, October) 

Detroit’s Food Landscape [Map Installation]. Chicago, IL: The State of Detroit: Chicago Design Museum. (2015, April - August)