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Fall 2015

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Dr Annie Hill

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


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 UMN's Institute for Advanced Study. Her primary research interest is socio-legal and cultural studies of sexual violence and sex crimes, focusing on the United Kingdom and United States. Dr. Hill is part of the Sexual Violence Prevention Collaboratory at the University of Minnesota and a Research Collaborator with the Gender Policy Report. Her work appears in scholarly journals, such as Anti-Trafficking Review, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and philoSOPHIA, as well as in edited volumes and blogs. Her book project, This Modern-Day Slavery: Trafficking, Migration, and Law, analyzes the discourse and development of British anti-trafficking campaigns. Dr. Hill’s broader research and teaching 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.


  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Cultural Studies: Public Policy and Crime
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Race Theory and Race Science

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.


  • 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, Special Issue on Mapping the Margins of Europe: Race, Migration and Belonging, Vol. 17.2 (2017): forthcoming
  • Hill, Annie. "Breast Cancer's Rhetoricity: Bodily Border Crisis and Bridge to Corporeal Solidarity." Review of Communication, Special Issue on Figures of Entanglement, Vol. 16, Iss. 4 (2016): 281-298. Lead article. eprint/SCusDFyAZWgyVcjvE9KG/full
  • 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 Press, pp 77-97, 2014. Link

Research Activities

  • Research Team Member, University Sexual Violence Prevention Collaboratory, Minnesota Futures Award: Focus on Science of Prevention, University of Minnesota, 2017-2019
  • Research Collaborator, Gender Policy Report, Policy Area: Violence, University of Minnesota, 2017 - onward
  • Contributor, “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,
  • Contributor, “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.


  • Research Team Member, 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

Courses Taught

  • Women and the Law
  • Feminist Perspectives on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Rhetoric of Feminism
  • Rhetoric of Law
  • Blood, Bodies, and Science
  • How Pictures Persuade
  • Feminist Research and Writing (Graduate Seminar)
  • Genealogies of Feminist Theory (Graduate seminar)
  • Feminist Theory and Praxis (Graduate seminar)
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