Erin Hill worked in film and television before returning to academia to study the media industry. Her first book, Never Done: A History of Women's Work in Media Production(Rutgers UP, 2016) examines feminized labor in American film history and its relationship to women’s continued stifled progress in contemporary Hollywood. The book received the 2017-8 Best First Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the leading scholarly organization for her field. Dr. Hill’s areas of expertise include film history, broadcasting history, women in film, feminist production history, media industry labor, cultures of production in the creative industries, TV comedy, the role of higher education in training media workers, and Hollywood’s diversity problem. She writes and speaks about these topics in her published work in print and online, at conferences and invited talks, and in her undergrad and graduate lectures. She teaches courses on film and television history, contemporary Hollywood business practices, and race and gender in media production labor at UCLA, Occidental College, and Cal State Long Beach, and continues freelance work for Lionsgate Entertainment, Madison Wells Media, Marquee Entertainment and other LA-based production companies.
PhD and MA (UCLA), BA (University of Michigan). Recipient: SCMS Best First Book Award (2018), SCMS Best Dissertation Award (2015), Chancellor's Prize, Jean Stone Fellowship, Collegium of University Teaching Fellowship (UCLA); Nina Leibman Fellowship (California Women’s Law Center). Recent published chapters in Making Media Work (NYU Press), The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies (Blackwell), Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries (Routledge)
Never Done: A History of Women’s Work in Media Production. New Brunswick: Rutgers, 2016. https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/never-done/9780813574868.
Recent Media Writing Online
“Ida Koverman and the Unsung Women Heroes of Film History,” Lenny Letter, January 25, 2017, http://www.lennyletter.com/culture/a702/she-damn-near-ran-the-studio/.