Hillary Potter is a Black feminist criminologist and resident of Denver, Colorado. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. 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. Dr. Potter’s research focuses on the critical analysis of the intersections of race, gender, and class as they relate to crime and violence (intersectional criminology). She is currently researching race, class, and targets-of-violence variations in men’s use of violence; intimate partner abuse against women of Color; and anti-violence activism in Black and Latin@ communities. Dr. Potter is the author of 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's newest book, Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime (Routledge Press) was published in May 2015. 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.
BA, Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
MA, Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
PhD, Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Criminological theory; Black feminist criminology; intersectional criminology
Racialized perceptions of crime
Race and culture in intimate partner violence
Community grassroots and State responses to crime and violence
Social Constructions of Race/Ethnicity, Sex/Gender, and Intersectionality
Qualitative Research
Personal Interests
social justice activism, dance and group fitness, snowboarding, home renovation