Core Faculty

Hillary Potter

Hillary Potter

Associate Professor

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Ethnic Studies
Fleming 503, 339 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0339


Curriculum vitae



Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder - Sociology, 2004
M.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York - Criminal Justice, 1996
B.A., University of Colorado Boulder - Sociology, 1991


Hillary Potter is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Potter's research focuses on the critical analysis of the intersections of race, gender, and class as they relate to crime and violence. She is currently researching men's use of violence; intimate partner abuse against women of Color; and antiviolence activism in Black and Latin@ communities, with field research in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Denver. Dr. Potter is the author of Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime (Routledge Press, 2015) and Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse (New York University Press, 2008), and the editor of Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (Lexington Books, 2007). Dr. Potter also serves as a Board Member of Project Safeguard, which aids victims of domestic violence with the legal process throughout the Denver-metro area, and as a Commissioner with the Denver Civil Service Commission, which is responsible for administering the testing process for entry-level and promotional positions within the Denver Fire and Police Departments, policy administration, and hearing disciplinary appeals of classified members.

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Selected Publications

Contracted. Hillary Potter and Allison Cotton. Crime Seen: Racialized and Gendered Perceptions of Crime. New York: New York University Press. 2015.

Hillary Potter. 2015. Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime. New York and London: Routledge.

Hillary Potter. 2008. Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse. New York: New York University Press.

Hillary Potter and Devon Thacker Thomas. (In Press) “‘We Told You That’s How They Are’: Responses to White Women in Abusive Intimate Relationships with Men of Color.” Deviant Behavior.

Hillary Potter, George E. Higgins, and Shaun L. Gabbidon. 2011. “The Influence of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Faculty Perceptions on Scholarly Productivity in Criminology/Criminal Justice.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education 22(1):84-101.

Shaun L. Gabbidon, George E. Higgins, and Hillary Potter. 2011. “Race, Gender, and the Perception of Recently Experiencing Unfair Treatment by the Police: Exploratory Results from an All-Black Sample.” Criminal Justice Review 36(1):5-21.

Hillary Potter. 2010. “‘I Don’t Think a Cop Has Ever Asked Me if I Was OK’: Battered Women’s Experiences with Police Intervention.” Pp. 219-242 in Female Victims of Crime: Reality Reconsidered edited by Venessa Garcia and Janice E. Clifford. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Hillary Potter. 2009. “Reflections from a Black Feminist Criminologist.” Pp. 23-38 inCritical Voices in Criminology edited by Chris Powell. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hillary Potter (Ed.). 2007. Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

Hillary Potter. 2007. “Battered Black Women’s Use of Religion and Spirituality for Assistance in Leaving Abusive Relationships.” Violence Against Women 13(3):262-284.

Hillary Potter. 2007. “The Need for a Multi-Faceted Response to Intimate Partner Abuse Perpetrated by African Americans.” Criminology and Public Policy 6(2):367-376.

Stephanie Hindson, Hillary Potter, and Michael Radelet. 2006. “Race, Gender, Region and Death Sentencing in Colorado, 1980-1999.” University of Colorado Law Review77(3):549-599.

Hillary Potter. 2006. “An Argument for Black Feminist Criminology: Understanding African American Women’s Experiences with Intimate Partner Abuse Using an Integrated Approach.” Feminist Criminology 1(2):106-124.

Joanne Belknap and Hillary Potter. 2005. “The Trials of Measuring the ‘Success’ of Domestic Violence Policies.” Criminology and Public Policy 4(3):559-566.