Hillary Potter is a criminologist specializing in . . .

  • criminological theory; Black feminist criminology; intersectional criminology

  • social constructions of race/ethnicity & gender; intersectionality

  • the intersection of crime/race/gender/class/sexuality

  • racialized perceptions of crime

  • violence against girls and women

  • grassroots/community and government responses to crime and violence

  • qualitative research methods

Dr. Hillary Potter



University of Colorado Boulder

Hillary Potter is Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She 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. She is currently researching men’s use of violence; intimate partner abuse against women of Color; and antiviolence activism in Black and Latinx communities, with field research in Ferguson and Denver. Dr. Potter is the author of Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime (Routledge Press, 2015) and 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 was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and currently resides there. She regularly participates in community service and activities in her hometown. These activities include serving as a Board Member of The Center for Trauma and Resilience (formerly known as Denver Center for Crime Victims) and as a Board Member of Project Safeguard, which aids victims of domestic violence with the legal process throughout the Denver-metro area. Dr. Potter  previously held (until September 2015) a mayoral appointment 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.