Dr Annie Hill

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hilla@umn.edu
612-625-8730

Gender, Women & Sexuality Stdy
Room 453 Ford Hall
224 Church St SE

Annie Hill is an 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 has been a Visiting Scholar in the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge and, most recently, held a residency at the Institute for Advanced Study at Minnesota. Her primary interest is socio-legal and cultural studies of sexual violence and sex crimes, with a focus on the United Kingdom and United States. She has published essays in this area including, “SlutWalk as Perifeminist Response to Rape Logic: The Politics of Reclaiming a Name”; “How to Stage a Raid: Police, Media and the Master Narrative of Trafficking”; and “Demanding Victims: The Sympathetic Shift in British Prostitution Policy." Her current book project, This Modern-Day Slavery: Sex Trafficking, Migration, and Law, analyzes the discourse and development of British anti-trafficking campaigns. Using qualitative methods and rhetorical analysis, the book explicates why the issue of sex trafficking emerged with such rhetorical force at the turn of the twenty-first century and how anti-trafficking campaigns use gender and race to define “modern-day slavery.” Dr. Hill’s broader research and teaching interests include law, media, and science, especially genealogies of western race science, and she teaches courses in all three areas. Her lead article in Review of Communication, titled “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.

Specialties

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

Research

  • Research Collaborator, Gender Policy Report, Policy Area: Violence, University of Minnesota
  • Martin, L. and Hill, A. “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 2016.
  • Syvertson, C., Martin, L., and Hill, A. “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. September 2016.
Publications
  • Hill, Annie. "Breast Cancer's Rhetoricity: Bodily Border Crisis and Bridge to Corporeal Solidarity." Review of Communication, Special Issue: Figures of Entanglement, Vol. 14, Iss. 4 (2016): 281-298. Lead article. Link
  • Hill, Annie. "How to Stage a Raid: Police, Media, and the Master Narrative of Trafficking." Anti-Trafficking Review, Issue 7 (2016): 39-55. Link
  • 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 (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, pp 77-97, 2014. Link
Awards
  • 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