Hillary Potter

Associate Professor Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

Areas of Expertise

  • Violence against girls and women
  • Race, gender and class

Key Findings

  • Age, region, and gender had an impact on a participant’s likelihood of reporting they had recently been treated unfairly by the police. MORE
  • Being older, from the south, and female decreased the individual’s likelihood of reporting police mistreatment. MORE
  • Scholars should more readily utilize intersectional approaches in their criminological research. MORE
  • There is a positive link between gender and the number of articles published for criminal justice academics. MORE
  • Male academics in criminology published more articles than female academics in the field. MORE


Hillary Potter, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, is an expert in race, gender and class, men’s use of violence, intimate partner abuse against women of color and antiviolence activism in Black and Latino communities.

Potter served as a board member of Project Safeguard and commissioner with the Denver Civil Service Commission. She is a member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network and research associate at the Research Center on Violence. She received awards from organizations including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and American Society of Criminology.

She authored Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime and Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse as well as edited Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina. 

Potter received her Ph.D. and B.A. in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder and M.A. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Follow Hillary on Twitter: @DrHillaryPotter