Melissa Heil


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Master of Arts in Geography (2016)
  • University of Michigan - Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Studies (2011)

I am a Ph.D. student in the Cities and Metropolitan Areas tract. My master's thesis research examined the roles Community Development Corporations (CDCs) play in changing Detroit neighborhoods.  Broadly, my research interests include non-profit/voluntary organizations, privatization, gentrification, urban governance, uneven development, and neoliberalism.  

Before coming to the University of Illinois, I worked in the community development and management consulting fields.

Courses Taught

  • TA Geog 101: Global Development & Environment (F2014, S2015, S2016, S2017)
  • TA Geog 104: Social and Cultural Geography (F2015, F2016)
  • Instructor Geog 204: Cities of the World (Su2016)