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Assistant ProfessorHamil_Pearsall
313a Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Berks St



Urban sustainability; Environmental justice and health; Human dimensions of global environmental change; Risk, hazards and vulnerability; Brownfield redevelopment; Urban greening


I am an assistant professor in the Geography and Urban Studies Department at Temple University. My research bridges several themes in human-environment and human geography: the social dimension of sustainability; environmental justice and health; and community resilience to environmental and economic stressors. My recent work has focused on environmental gentrification, the role of vacant land in urban greening efforts, and the impact of environmental justice on urban sustainability planning. I use GIS and qualitative approaches in my work.

I received my MA and PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, I was an assistant professor of GIScience in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University.

Selected Publications

  • Christman, Zachary, Hamil Pearsall, Birgit Schmook, Sofia Mardero. 2015. Diversification and Adaptive Capacity across Scales in an Emerging Post-Frontier Landscape of the Usumacinta Valley, Chiapas, Mexico. International Forestry Review. 17(1): 1-13.
  • Pearsall, Hamil, Timothy Hawthorne, Daniel Block, and Barbara Walker. 2015. Exploring Youth Socio-Spatial Perceptions of Higher Education Landscapes through Sketch Maps. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 39(1): 111-130.
  • Edmunds, Kimberly, Hamil Pearsall, and Laura Porterfield. 2015. Narrowing pathways? Exploring the spatial dynamics of postsecondary STEM preparation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Urban Review. 47(1): 1-25.
  • Pearsall, Hamil, Susan Lucas. 2014. Editorial: Vacant land: The new urban green? Cities. 40: Part B: 121-123.
  • Pearsall, Hamil, Susan Lucas, and Julia Lendhart. 2014. The contested nature of vacant land in Philadelphia and approaches for resolving competing objectives for redevelopment. Cities. 40: Part B. 163-174.
  • Pearsall, Hamil. 2013. Superfund Me: A study of resistance to gentrification in New York City. Urban Studies 50(11): 2293-2310.
  • Ogneva-Himmelberger, Yelena, Rahul Rakshit, and Hamil Pearsall. 2013. Impact of environmental factors on quality of life in Massachusetts. Professional Geographer 56 (2): 187-204.
  • Pearsall, Hamil and Zachary Christman. 2012. Tree-lined lanes or vacant lots? Evaluating non-stationarity between urban greenness and social structure in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA with geographically weighted regression. Applied Geography 35 (1-2): 257-264.
  • Pearsall, Hamil, Joseph Pierce, and Robert Krueger. 2012. Editorial: Whither Rio +20?: Demanding a Politics and Practice of Socially Just Sustainability. Local Environment 17 (9) 935-941.
  • Pearsall, Hamil. 2012. Moving out or moving in? Resilience to Gentrification in New York City. Local Environment 17 (9) 1013-1026.
  • Pearsall, Hamil. 2010. From brown to green? Assessing social vulnerability to environmental gentrification in New York City. Environment and Planning C 28 (5): 872-886.
  • Pearsall, Hamil and Joseph Pierce. 2010. Urban sustainability and environmental justice: Evaluating the linkages in public policy. Local Environment 15 (6):569-580.
  • Pearsall, Hamil. 2009. Linking the stressors and stressing the linkages: Analyzing human-environment vulnerability to multiple hazards in New York City. Environmental Hazards 8 (2): 117-132.
  • Ogneva-Himmelberger, Yelena, Hamil Pearsall, and Rahul Rakshit. 2009. Concrete evidence & geographically weighted regression: A regional analysis of wealth and the land cover in Massachusetts. Applied Geography 24 (4): 478-487.

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Environmental Applications of GIS
  • Political Ecology
  • Critical Issues in Globalization
  • Social Justice and Sustainability