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.
Provost Hillman's 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 lectured around the world on sexual violence, gender and sexual orientation in the armed forces, military justice, and the accountability of military professionals. She has also testified as an expert witness at trial, before Congressional committees, and before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She has taught constitutional law, wills & trusts, and civil procedure as well as seminars in legal history and military law.
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 U.S. military. As 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 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 sits on the editorial boards of Gender and Conflict and Critical Military Studies.
Courses Taught: Constitutional Law, Wills & Trusts, Military Law
Expertise: Military Justice, Legal History, Constitutional Law, and Gender and Sexuality in the Law