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About Dr. Hill:
Dr. Hill earned his BA in history from Macalester College and completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation research revolves around black resistance to lynching in the Mississippi and Arkansas Deltas between 1880 and 1930. In particular, Dr. Hill's dissertation examines the rise and decline of black lynch mobs, black resistance to white mob violence, and lynching's impact on black popular culture and historical memory. In contrast to recent scholarship that has emphasized the actions of mob participants, his dissertation intends to contribute to a new and emerging trend within lynching scholarship that seeks to "rehumanize" black lynch victims by situating the black response as the focal point of lynching narratives. In the past three years, Dr. Hill has presented his research twice at both the Association for the Study of African American History and Life and the National Council for Black Studies conferences. His latest published article "Black Vigilantism" explains the rise and decline of black lynch mob activity in the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas between 1882 and 1923. It will appear in the Winter 2010 issue of the Journal of African American History.
Tentatively, Dr. Hill's next major research project will explore the continuing political and cultural significance of lynching in the post civil rights era through analyzing the reemergence of the lynching noose as a symbol of racial hatred.