Elizabeth L. Hillman currently serves as Provost of UC Hastings College of Law, where she teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Wills & Trusts, and Military Law. She has, over her career, amassed a wealth of expertise in military justice, constitutional law, and gender and equality in the law. A graduate of Duke University, Provost Hillman served as a space operations officer and orbital analyst in the United States Air Force. Prior to joining the UC Hastings faculty in 2007, Provost Hillman taught at the Air Force Academy, Yale University, and Rutgers University School of Law at Camden. She became Provost at UC Hastings in 2013.
Provost Hillman’s scholarship spans such topics as military law, history, and culture. 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), as well as numerous articles, chapters, and reports. She has also testified as an expert witness at trial, before Congressional committees, and before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
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), which is 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 non-profit National Institute of Military Justice and sits on the editorial boards of Gender and Conflict and Critical Military Studies.