Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Provost Hillman attended Duke University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, earned a degree in electrical engineering, and served as a space operations officer and orbital analyst in the U.S. Air Force. She taught history at the Air Force Academy and Yale University and law at Rutgers University School of Law at Camden before joining the UC Hastings faculty in 2007. In 2013, she became Provost & Academic Dean.
Her scholarship focuses on military law, history, and culture, topics about which she has published two books, Military Justice Cases and Materials (2d ed. 2012, LexisNexis, with Eugene R. Fidell and Dwight H. Sullivan) and Defending America: Military Culture and the Cold War Court-Martial (Princeton University Press, 2005), and many chapters, articles, and reports. An award-winning teacher and sought-after speaker, she has testified before Congressional committees, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and as an expert witness at trial about military justice, sexual orientation, and gender in the U.S. armed forces.
In 2013, she was appointed by Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, to the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP), an independent panel chartered by Congress to study and make recommendations about sexual assault in the military. Appointed chair of the RSP’s Comparative Systems Subcommittee, Provost Hillman led the preparation and drafting of a comprehensive report recommending significant changes to improve military responses to sexual assault. She is also a Director and former President of the National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ), a non-profit dedicated to promoting fairness in and public understanding of military justice worldwide, and Co-Legal Director of the Palm Center, a public policy research institute that played a key role in ending the “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy and supports the study of policies related to transgender, lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members.
Courses Taught: Constitutional Law I & II, Civil Procedure I, Wills & Trusts, Military Law, Law & Biography, and the Community Law Program, through which students teach in high schools as part of the national Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program
Expertise: Military Justice, Legal History, Constitutional Law, and Gender and Sexuality in the Law
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