Scholar-artist. Cultural worker. Radical feminist. Body-activator. Ethnographer.
Dr. Dominique C. Hill is a citizen of the world committed to social justice and artistic practices that celebrate difference, situate the body as a pivotal vessel to teaching/learning experiences, and generate collective action.
For Dr. Hill, art is an extension of her life and purpose—to cross and dismantle barriers in order that forbidden or discouraged connections across spaces and people can be realized—to transgress. Her style of dance is a blend of West African, Afro-House, Nia (self- definition and spiritual), and Black life inspired. For her, performance, dance, narrative, and poetry function as efficacious tools for engendering cross-cultural dialogue and social justice within research and cultural endeavors.
In educational spaces, she uses dance, movement, and poetry to activate bodies and incite physical, emotional, and mental investment from students in the learning process. As an interdisciplinary scholar with a PhD in Educational Policy with concentrations in Cultural Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, her training and scholarship are in the areas of Education, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Performance Studies, and qualitative methods. Her research focuses on illuminating the interlocking nature of race, gender, sexuality, culture, and the body. In particular, her scholarship and artistry explores and elucidates how these social identities interlace and play out in educational settings; Black girl/woman trauma and healing; and vulnerability as praxis. Overall, her life’s work employs the body as a site of cultural knowledge, social imagining, and inquiry.
On April 16, 2016, Dr. Hill debuted her one-woman show, Rupturing Silence at the Oxford Community Arts Center. Rupturing Silence, rooted in theatrical jazz and Black feminist aesthetic is a communal and organic experience of illuminating and shattering silences connected to family, the politics of academe, and being a queer Black female scholar. It uses dance movement, poetry, video and narrative to seamlessly weave the process of research, familial discovery and healing into a performance that is at once academic, communal and enlightening.
Dr. Hill’s scholarship has received national recognition including, being appointed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2014 at Miami University for her scholarship around vulnerability as pedagogy and Critical Youth Studies, being awarded the 2014 Donald and Barbara Smalley Gender and Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship for her scholarship’s original contribution to the field of Gender & Sexuality Studies, as well as being a 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship recipient. Her ongoing research agenda includes elucidating, interrogating and imagining black femininity, the body’s place in education, and the intersecting realities of blackness and queerness.
As a cultural worker and scholar-artist, Dr. Hill is committed to creating scholarship, art, and educational spaces (formal and informal) that are embodied, communal, socially just, and transgressive.