Hillary Potter
Associate Professor
Women and Gender Studies

Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm (Zoom)

Hillary Potter is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from CU Boulder and an M.A. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. 

Dr. Potter’s research focuses on intersectional and Black feminist analyses of the existence of and multifaceted responses to crime and violence. She is currently researching intimate, State, and epistemic violence against Black women; and women’s and femmes’ antiviolence activism in Black and Chicanx communities, with field research in Ferguson/St. Louis, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado.  

Dr. Potter is the author of Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime (Routledge Press, 2015) – with a second edition forthcoming in 2023 – 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 previously served as the inaugural associate dean for inclusive practice in the CU Boulder College of Arts and Sciences, and her longstanding service to the university was recognized with a Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service. Dr. Potter is also the recipient of several national academic society awards, including the “Inconvenient Woman of the Year” Award from the Division of Feminist Criminology (formerly Division on Women and Crime) of the American Society of Criminology; the Coramae Richey Mann Award for outstanding contributions of scholarship on race/ethnicity, crime, and justice from the Division on People of Color and Crime of the American Society of Criminology; and the Rosemary L. Gido Research Honorum award in recognition and appreciation of dedication to field research from the Minorities and Women Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Dr. Potter was born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in the Northeast Park Hill neighborhood of Denver. She currently resides in northeast Denver’s Clayton neighborhood with her husband Dr. Fernando Guzmán and their dog Cornbread.


Courses taught:

  • WGST 3044 – Race, Class, Gender, and Crime (cross-listed with ETHN 3044 and SOCY 3044)
  • WGST 3100 – Feminist Theories
  • WGST 3314 – Violence Against Women and Girls (cross-listed with ETHN 3314 and SOCY 3314)
  • WGST 3505 – Historical and Contemporary Issues of African American Women
  • WGST 3640 – Black Feminist and Womanist Theories