Dr Annie Hill

Annie Hill is Assistant Professor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley and was an Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society. Dr. Hill also spent a year as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology and, most recently, held a residency at the Institute for Advanced Study. Her main research interest is socio-legal and cultural studies of sexual violence in the United States and United Kingdom. Her book manuscript, Modern-Day Slavery: Trafficking, Migration, and Law, analyzes the discourse and development of the British anti-trafficking agenda. Dr. Hill is part of the Sexual Violence Prevention Collaboratory at the University of Minnesota; the Sex Trading, Trafficking, and Community Well-Being Initiative at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center; and research collaborator with The Gender Policy Report. Her work appears in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, philoSOPHIA, Review of Communication, and Anti-Trafficking Review, as well as in edited volumes and research blogs. Dr. Hill’s wider interests include law, media, and science, especially western race science, and she teaches in all three areas. Her lead article, “Breast Cancer’s Rhetoricity: Bodily Border Crisis and Bridge to Corporeal Solidarity,” draws on her expertise in rhetorical theory, feminist theory, and feminist science studies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric: University of California, Berkeley.
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Criminology: University of Cambridge.
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Critical Social Thought: Mount Holyoke College.
  • A.A., Liberal Arts, Community College of Philadelphia.


  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Cultural Studies: Public Policy and Crime
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Race Theory and Race Science
Courses Taught
  • Feminist Perspectives on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Women and the Law
  • Rhetoric of Law
  • Rhetoric of Feminism
  • Blood, Bodies, and Science
  • How Pictures Persuade / Visual Rhetoric
  • Feminist Research and Writing (Graduate Seminar)
  • Genealogies of Feminist Theory (Graduate seminar)
  • Feminist Theory and Praxis (Graduate seminar)
Research & Professional Activities


  • Co-Investigator: University Sexual Violence Prevention Collaboratory, Minnesota Futures Award: Focus on Science of Prevention, University of Minnesota, 2017-2019
  • Co-Investigator: Sex Trading, Trafficking, and Community Well-Being Initiative, Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, University of Minnesota, 2016-present
  • Research Collaborator: The Gender Policy Report, Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 2017-current
  • Co-author: “Sex Trafficking and the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis: A Research Brief.” Report written at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center and commissioned by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. September 15, 2016, http://uroc.umn.edu/sextrafficking
  • Co-author: “Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl: Outlines of a Proposed Empowerment Model for Public Awareness Campaigns.” Report written at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center and commissioned by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, 2016.
  • Hill, Annie. "Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative" by Amy L. Brandzel (book review). QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking Vol. 5, Iss. 1 (2018).
  • Hill, Annie. "The Rhetoric of Modern-Day Slavery: Analogical Links and Historical Kinks in the United Kingdom's Anti-Trafficking Plan." philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism Vol. 7, Iss. 2 (2017): 241-260. Download
  • Hill, Annie. "Nondisclosure Agreements: Sexual Harassment and the Contract of Silence." The Gender Policy Report (Published online 14 November 2017). Link
  • Hill, Annie. "Breast Cancer's Rhetoricity: Bodily Border Crisis and Bridge to Corporeal Solidarity." Review of Communication Vol. 16, Iss. 4 (2016): 281-298. Lead article.
  • Hill, Annie. "How to Stage a Raid: Police, Media, and the Master Narrative of Trafficking." Anti-Trafficking Review Iss. 7 (2016): 39-55. LinkDownload
  • Hill, Annie. "How to Stage a Raid: Police, Media and a Sex Slave Story that Wasn’t." Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Abridged version of Anti-Trafficking Review article (Published online 30 November 2016) Link
  • Hill, Annie. "SlutWalk as Perifeminist Response to Rape Logic: The Politics of Reclaiming a Name." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies Vol. 13, Iss. 1 (2016): 23-39. (Published online 19 October 2015) Link
  • Hill, Annie. "Demanding Victims: The Sympathetic Shift in British Prostitution Policy." Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism Editors: Carisa R. Showden and Samantha Majic, University of Minnesota Press (2014): 77-97. LinkDownload
  • University Sexual Violence Prevention Collaboratory, Minnesota Futures Award: Focus on Science of Prevention
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation
  • Research Associate, Five College Women's Studies Research Center, Five College Consortium
  • Faculty Residential Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota
  • Multicultural Research Award, Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy, University of Minnesota
  • Single Semester Leave, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, Academic Senate, University of California, Berkeley
  • Empirical Legal Studies Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley-Pembroke College Exchange, Center for British Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Institute for International Education (declined to accept UC Berkeley fellowship)
  • Mary E. Woolley Fellowship, Keystone Award, Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College
  • Katherine Adler Astrove Scholarship, Safe Passage Women’s Shelter, Mount Holyoke College
  • Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society
  • Mary Lyon Scholar, Mount Holyoke College
  • Emley Eldridge ’32 Prize in Women’s Studies, Mount Holyoke College
  • Frances Harriet Williams Award, Mount Holyoke College
  • Susan Jones Prize, Department of Women’s Studies, Mount Holyoke College