Curriculum Vitae



University Of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Ph.D. June 2004: History, Minor in Gender Studies

Major Fields: U.S. History, British America, Law and History, Atlantic World

Dissertation: Not Killing Me Softly: African American Women, Slave Revolts, and Historical Constructions of Racialized Gender


University Of California, Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA

J.D., May, 1989: Bar Admission California, 1989

High Honors: Jurisprudence, Social Welfare Legislation

Moot Court Best Brief

President, Black Law Students’ Association


B.A., History, 1985


  • Social Justice Award, U of Utah School of Social Work, 2011
  • Best First Article,  American Historical Association’s Coordinating Council for Women in History, 2011
  • The Michael Kraus Research Grant in American Colonial History, 2011
  • ACLU Utah’s 2010 “Torch of Freedom” Award.
  • Mellon Post‑Doctoral Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 2005‑2007
  • American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship, 2002-2003
  • Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Grant, 2002
  • National Science Foundation/Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2001‑ 2002
  • Institute for Humanities Research Fellowship, 2002
  • Skadden Fellowship for Law in the Public Interest, 1989‑1991


Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, Hugo Martinez, illustrator. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2021

 “Climate Justice,” in Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of Race, Class, Gender , Phoebe C. Godfrey, & Denise Torres, eds. New York: Routledge, 2016.

 Hall, Gwendolyn Midlo, and Rebecca L. Hall. “Slave Trades.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History, Lynn Dumenil, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

“Hidden Histories, Racialized Gender, and the Legacy of Reconstruction: The Story of U.S. v. Cruickshank.” With Angela P. Harris. In Women and the Law Stories. Ed. by Elizabeth M. Schneider and Stephanie M. Wildman. New York: Foundation Press, 2011, pp. 21-55.

“Not Killing Me Softly: African American Women, Slave Revolts, and Historical Constructions of Racialized Gender,” 1 Freedom Center Journal 2 (2010).

“The Long Island Slave Uprising of 1708,” in the Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellions, Greenwood Press, Junius Rodriguez, ed. 2007.

“Hurricane Katrina: The New Dred Scott, “in Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities, John Brown Childs, ed. New Pacific Press, January, 2005.


  • Out of the Academy: A Conversation with Rebecca Hall, PhD,” Cornell University, April 2019
  • The Shape of Absence: Black Women and Slave Revolts,” Cornell University, April 2019
  • Nerdy Thursday Fireside Chat with Kamau Ware, The New-York Historical Society, February, 2019
  • Panelist: “Animating History: Comics and the Archival Record,  7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, January 2019
  • Panelist: “The Insurrection of Cargo: Women and Slave Ship Revolts.” Black Resistance in an Age of Revolution: A Symposium Commemorating the Bicentennial of the 1811 Slave Uprising in Territorial Louisiana, Tulane University, October 2011
  •  Panelist: “Domestic Violence and the Movement for Economic Justice.” ClassCrits IV: Criminalizing Economic Inequality, American University Washington College of Law, September 2011
  •  Presentation: “Giving Birth to Property: Race, Gender and the Law of Slavery.” Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, University of Denver College of Law, June, 2008
  •  Panelist: “The Ghost Revolts: Women, Slave Revolts and the Law of the British Slave Trade,” Routes to Freedom: Reflections on the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade, Conference, Univ. of Ottawa Common Law Section, March 13-16, 2008
  •  Panelist: “Jena Six, A Human Rights Issue,” Black Awareness Month, University Of Utah, February, 2008
  •  Panelist: “New Developments in Critical Race and Feminist Theories,” Stanford Law School, April, 2007
  •  Research Presentation:” Entertaining Negroes: Eighteenth Century Criminal Prosecutions and the Creation of Whiteness.” Center for Race and Gender, U.C. Berkeley, May,  2007
  •  Research Presentation: Gendering the Body Black: The Creation and Racialization of Chattel Slavery in British America through Gender.  Works in Progress, LatCrit XI, William S. Boyd School of Law, October 2006
  •  Research Presentation: Life and Labor among Enslaved Women. Colloquium on the Socio-Economic Legacy of Slavery, Mandated by CA Senate Bills 2199 and 1737, U.C. Santa Barbara, May 2002


As an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Gender and Ethnic Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT:

  • Critical Race Feminisms: Theories and Applications, Spring 2011.

As a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT:

  • Criminal Procedure, 2007
  • Critical Race Feminisms, 2008
  • History of Race and American Law, 2008
  • Legal History of Slavery and Emancipation, 2007

As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at U.C. Berkeley School of Law and the Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley

  • Critical Race Feminisms, co‑taught with Angela Harris (Berkeley School of Law)
  • Slavery and the Uses of History (History: Graduate Seminar)
  • African American Legal History (Berkeley School of Law and History Department)
  • Gender and Slavery (Gender Studies Department)

As a Teaching Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz,

  • Engendering Slavery and Emancipation 2004
  •  West African History to 1800, 2003

As a Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1999-2003

  • Introduction to Feminisms
  • African American Women’s History
  • U.S. History 1600 to 1877
  • Third World Feminisms
  • African American History


Scholar in Residence, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2020-2021

Visiting Scholar, The University of Utah, School for Social and Cultural Transformation, 2019-2020

Coordinator, Promise South Salt Lake, South Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016-2017

Lead Social Studies Teacher, American International School of Utah, Murray, UT, 2014-2016

  • Developed and taught Social Studies curriculum for a newly formed public charter school.
  • Taught Honors U.S. Government, World History, Human Geography and U.S. History.
  • Taught Criminal Justice for students concurrently enrolled at Salt Lake City Community College.

Economic Justice Coordinator, Utah Domestic Violence Council, Salt Lake City, UT, 2010-2011

  • Assisted in the coordination of policy and legal advocacy on economic justice issues for domestic violence survivors in the state coalition. Assessed economic obstacles for women leaving abusive relationships throughout the state, including rural areas and Native reservations.
  • Developed economic empowerment and justice curriculum, and trained over 100 service providers state-wide.

 Human Rights Commissioner, City of Salt Lake, UT, 2008-10

Appointed by mayor to serve on the city’s Human Rights Commission. One of six Commission members who worked with the Mayor’s staff to screen proposed city ordinances for discrimination and conducted town hall meetings in English and Spanish to investigate and collect data on discrimination. Researched and published report on discrimination in Salt Lake City. Drafted non-discrimination ordinances based on sexual orientation and sexual identity and guided them through the legislative process. (As of 2011 thirteen additional municipalities throughout the state have adopted these ordinances).  Received ACLU Utah’s Torch of Freedom Award for this work.

 Partner, Hyams & Hall, Oakland, CA. 1993-1995

Partner in small litigation firm focused on tenants’ rights, including habitability, retaliation, discrimination, sexual harassment and eviction defense.

Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, East Bay Community Law Center,(Berkeley Community Law Center) Berkeley, CA 1990-1992

Founding member. Represented low-income people facing eviction. Trained and supervised law students. Created and coordinated BCLC’s Homelessness Prevention Project.

Staff Attorney/Policy Support and Community Education Coordinator, Public Advocates, Inc. San Francisco, CA. 1989-1990

Coordinated technical assistance and policy support for the HomeBase Project, a regional support center on homeless policies and programs. Organized and lead seminars for service providers and community activists. Provided programmatic and technical support for non-profit start-ups focusing on homelessness prevention.

Research Assistant/Law Clerk, San Francisco Lawyer’s Committee for Urban Affairs, San Francisco, CA. Spring, 1988

Prepared memoranda on legal issues in political asylum applications.

Law Clerk,  The Legal Aid Society of Marin County, San Rafael, CA. Summer, 1987

Represented victims of domestic violence seeking restraining orders, prepared pleadings in eviction defense cases.

Paralegal, Homeless Family Rights Project, Legal Aid Society, New York, NY.  1985-86

Supported litigation designed to expand the rights of homeless families. Represented clients at administrative hearings challenging the denial of emergency housing.  Researched issues of domestic violence and homelessness and coordinated work of advocates in both areas.


California Bar Association, since 1989

National Lawyers Guild, since 1988

The American Historical Association

Association of Black Women Historians

Coordinating Council for Women in History

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