Grad Students

Amelia M. J. Hill

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I am a PhD student in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. My research agenda is to examine how difference and inequality are (re)produced through social interaction. Using conversation analysis, I study how the social institutions that enable inequality are created, sustained, and potentially challenged— how we rely on mutually agreed-upon understandings of institutions like race and gender to make meaning of our social world and how, in doing so, we produce, sustain, and shape those meanings. In my research on 911 interactions I found that callers seeking police assistance routinely use race as a resource to secure help, most often using it as a proxy for visual information, but sometimes using it as part of their complaint. Callers who use race as complaint-relevant treat race as socially meaningful, relying upon taken-for-granted assumptions that whiteness connotes vulnerability while Blackness connotes dangerousness.

Fields of Study

Conversation Analysis, Race, Gender, Inequality, Ethnomethodology

Grants and Awards

2016  Top Student Paper, Language & Social Interaction Division, National Communication Association

2016  Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Sociology, UCLA

2016  Travel Grant, UCLA

2016  Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA

2015  Travel Grant, Department of Sociology, UCLA

2014  Fellowship, Department of Sociology, UCLA

2011  Ben Keeley Award, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Illinois State University

Conference Presentations

2016  "Using Race, Doing Race: Mundane race-ism in 911 requests for police help," National Communication Association Annual Convention, November 10-13

2016  "Suspect Identity: How callers use race in 911 requests for police intervention," American Sociological Association, August 21-25


John Heritage (co-chair)

Steven Clayman (co-chair)


M.A. in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles 2016
B.S. in Sociology, Illinois State University 2011