We are pleased to announce the addition of a new faculty member to the women and gender studies roster, and introduce Dr. Hillary Potter, who has joined us this summer as associate professor. Potter 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, and previously served as the inaugural associate dean for inclusive practice in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Potter's longstanding service to the university was recognized with a Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service.
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). Her research generally focuses on the critical analysis of the intersections of race, gender, and class as they relate to crime and violence, including men's use of violence and intimate partner abuse against women of Color.
Currently on a research sabbatical through the end of the year, Potter's projects include a 7-years-long ethnographic project on the women and femme activists of Ferguson/St. Louis in the wake of the police killing of Michael Brown, as well as the second edition of her book Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime (Routledge).
This spring, Potter will be teaching her popular course "Violence Against Women and Girls" as well as "Feminist Theories," a required course for all our majors and minors. She has already began moving into her office in the Hazel Gates Woodruff Cottage, and is excited to be a core member of our WGST community. Potter's expertise and experience are an amazing gain for our department, and we are honored to have her join us!