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MichaelHillMichael K.  Hill

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: English
Department: Women's Studies

Expertise: Race studies; "whiteness", U.S. minority relations; civil society; history of democracy; relation between "print culture" (the novel) and politics

Campus phone: (518) 442-4080
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Mike Hill writes on contemporary race relations and "racial formation theory" in the U.S. He also works on the history of writing, in particular, how the origin of novel relates to democratic social movements in the formative period of the British Enlightenment. His books include: Whiteness: A Critical Reader (NYU, 1997); Masses, Classes, and the Public Sphere (Verso, 2001); and After Whiteness: Unmaking an American Majority. He is writing a book on the relation between knowledge, identity, and economics called Reading Adam Smith and a book called Before Whiteness: A Literary (pre) history of Race, which is an historical prequel to his previously published work on the topic of "white" racial identity.