Hillary Potter
Associate Professor • Associate Dean for Inclusive Practice in the College of Arts and Sciences
Africana Studies

Office Location: Ketchum 271

 

Education

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

Research Interests 

Intimate partner violence; intersections of race, gender, class and crime; racialized perceptions of crime; intersectional criminology and Black feminist criminology; grassroots-community and state responses to crime and violence


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 Latinx 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).


Selected Publications

Books

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

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

Potter, Hillary (Ed.). 2007. Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Refereed Articles and Contributions to Edited Collections

Potter, Hillary. 2013. “Intersectional Criminology: Interrogating Identity and Power in Criminological Research and Theory.” Critical Criminology 21(3):305-318.

Potter, Hillary and Devon Thacker Thomas. 2012. “‘We Told You That’s How They Are’: Responses to White Women in Abusive Intimate Relationships with Men of Color.” Deviant Behavior 33(6):469-491.


Potter, Hillary, 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.

Potter, Hillary. “‘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.

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

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

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

Potter, Hillary. 2007. “Reframing Crime in a Disaster: Perceptions, Reality, and Criminalization of Survival Tactics among African Americans in the Aftermath of Katrina.” Pp. 51-65 in Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina edited by Hillary Potter. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Stephanie Hindson, Hillary Potter, and Michael Radelet. 2006. “Race, Gender, Region and Death Sentencing in Colorado, 1980-1999.” University of Colorado Law Review 77(3):549-599.

Potter, Hillary. 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.

  • Reprinted 2012. Pp. 53-66 in Girls, Women, and Crime: Selected Readings (Second Edition) edited by Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa J. Pasko. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Reprinted 2011. In Feminist Theories of Crime edited by Meda Chesney-Lind and Merry Morash. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publications.
  • Reprinted 2008. Pp. 386-391in Crime: Readings (Third Edition) edited by Robert D. Crutchfield, Charis E. Kubrin, George S. Bridges, and Joseph G. Weis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.