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School of Integrated Sciences, Sustainability, and Public Health
School Science, Sust, and Public Health
Discovery Partners Institute
Health Science Technical Admin
Interim Associate Dean CHST
Associate Prof.
DPI Affiliate
Inter Associate Dean Administration Stipend
Area of Specialization

Sustainable Development, Feminist Political Ecology, Latin American Geography, Plastic Pollution, Water and Sanitation, Waste Studies

Office Location
Brookens 359
Phone Number

Dr. Anne-Marie Hanson


Bio:  Dr. Anne-Marie Hanson is currently the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Health, Science and Technology. She is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies (ENS) and an affiliate of the UI System's Discovery Partners Institute (DPI). Her research explores the intersections of gender, pollution, environmental change, and marine ecosystem management, as well as issues of environmental justice linked to wastes, plastic pollution, and materials management. Current research projects: (1) gender, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) as linked to climate change, marine debris, and urban development in coastal Mexico and the Caribbean, (2) freshwater art-science collaborations to promote pollution prevention and environmental justice along Illinois waterways, and (3) circular economies and inclusive regional sustainability in Illinois. Dr. Hanson's research combines approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and environmental science. This work includes environmental oral histories, interviews, and collective storytelling, shoreline debris surveys, narrative policy analysis, participatory GIS and community-based mapping projects. Her graduate students also use mixed-methods or participatory approaches in their projects.

Courses Taught: ENS 251 Introduction to Environmental Science, ENS 401 Environmental Justice: Science, Policy, and Activism, ENS 472 Urban Environments, ENS 475 Political Ecology Aka the Political Life of Trees, Trash and Turtles, ENS 476 Environmental Ethics, ENS 450 Undergraduate Capstone, ENS 552 Environmental Social Sciences and Humanities, ENS 571 Sustainable Development.

Select Publications:

  • United Nations Environment Programme and Gender and Water Alliance (2022). Gender Mainstreaming in Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management: Principles, Case Studies and Lessons Learned. Nairobi.
  • Buechler, S. and A.M. Hanson, eds. (2015) A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change. London: Routledge.
  • Hanson, A.M. (2020) Feminist Futures in Latin American Geography. Journal of Latin American Geography, 19(1): 215-224.
  • Hanson, A.M. (2017) Women’s activism linking plastic pollution to community health in the coastal wetlands of Yucatán. Gender and Development 25(2):221-234.
  • Finn, J. and A.M. Hanson. (2017) Critical Geographies in Latin America. Journal of Latin American Geography 16(1):1-15.

Select Op-Eds and Interviews

  • Hanson, A.M. & A. Crocker. (2020). Ending the Stay-at-Home Order Won’t End Violence Against Women and Girls. Truthout. 28 May 2020.
  • Hanson, A.M. & A. Crocker. (2020). Latin American Women and the Constant Fight to End Violence Against Women. The Hill. 30 January 2020.
  • Hanson, A.M. (2020). Gloves, boxes, and masks: Waste visibility, challenges, and opportunities during and post pandemic. The Capitol Connection, University of Illinois Springfield. 3 December 2020.
  • Illinois Public Radio (2020, May 20).“The Environmental Implications of Staying Home. The 21 Show.


Ph.D., Geography and Development, University of Arizona

M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Arizona

B.A. Anthropology, B.A. Spanish, Luther College