Elizabeth L Hillman

Elizabeth Hillman
Professor of History

Professional Interests: Civil rights history; gender and racial justice; legal history; sexual violence and gender issues in the military; women's rights and leadership issues

Curriculum Vitae


At Mills Since 2016


Elizabeth L. Hillman became the 14th President of Mills College in 2016, after serving as provost and academic dean at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she also served as the chief academic officer. Prior to her position at Hastings, Hillman served as professor of law and director of faculty development at Rutgers University School of Law and taught at Yale University and the US Air Force Academy. She also was an officer in the US Air Force, where she served as a space operations officer and orbital analyst. Hillman's expertise in sexual violence and gender issues in military organizations and culture has brought her national and international recognition. She has been an expert witness testifying before Congress on numerous occasions, including at the Congressional Women’s Caucus hearing to address nonconsensual pornography in the U.S. Military (Marines United).


  • BS, Duke University
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania
  • JD, Yale Law School
  • PhD, Yale University

Courses Taught

  • HIST 180A: Civil Rights Today
  • HIST 180B: The Past, Present, and Future of Sexual Harassment
  • HIST 280B: The Past, Present, and Future of Sexual Harassment