PhD Candidate Melissa Heil wins AAG Urban Geography Paper Competition



PhD Candidate Melissa Heil (Advisor: Prof. David Wilson) received first prize in the AAG 2020 Urban Geography Specialty Group Graduate Student Paper Competition. Debtor Spaces: Austerity, Space and Dispossession.

Specialty Group board member Dr. Anna Brand of UC-Berkeley noted that “we were very impressed not only with the clarity of Melissa’s arguments, but also the strength of her work developing the concept of debtor spaces and applying it to Michigan's emergency management laws.”

Melissa will complete her doctoral degree this spring and begin this fall as assistant professor in Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at Illinois State University.