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Betty Luther-Hillman

Instructor in History
Appointed
2011
Betty Luther-Hillman

Education

Ph.D. Yale University

A.B. Harvard College

M.A. University of Chicago

Biography

Ms. Luther-Hillman began her teaching career during college, when she taught at a summer camp for high school debaters. (She was on the debate team at her high school in Minnesota, and she enjoys advising the debate team at Exeter.) After college, she taught high school science for two years at a charter school in Washington, D.C., and learned how much fun teaching could be. She continued working with high school students while in graduate school, teaching at Center for Talented Youth (CTY), a summer program run by Johns Hopkins University, and also tutoring at public schools in Chicago, New Haven and Berkeley. Ms. Luther-Hillman especially enjoyed the residential aspects of CTY and debate camp, which inspired her to seek a teaching position at a boarding school.

Ms. Luther-Hillman joined the History Department in 2011, and teaches U.S. history as well as The World in the 20th Century, Roman history, and Global Topics in Women, Gender and Society. Her undergraduate and graduate studies focused on 20th-century U.S. history and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. She also focused on LGBT history, and her article “ ‘The Most Profoundly Revolutionary Act a Homosexual Can Engage In': Drag and the Politics of Gender Presentation in the San Francisco Gay Liberation Movement, 1964-1972” was published in the Journal of the History of Sexuality in 2011 and won the Best Article Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. Ms. Lu-Hill (as her students call her) revised her dissertation into a book titled Dressing for the Culture Wars: Style and the Politics of Self-Presentation in the 1960s and 1970s, published in 2015 by the University of Nebraska Press.

Ms. Luther-Hillman lives in Amen Hall with her spouse and daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, cooking, reading fiction, watching Grey's Anatomy and cheering on the Minnesota Twins.

Publications

Dressing for the Culture Wars: Style and the Politics of Self-Presentation in the 1960s and 1970s. University of Nebraska Press. October 1, 2015.

"‘The Most Profoundly Revolutionary Act a Homosexual Can Engage In’: Drag and the Politics of Gender Presentation in the San Francisco Gay Liberation Movement, 1964-1972”. Journal of the History of Sexuality 2011.