Grad Students

Amelia M. J. Hill

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I am a PhD student in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a conversation analyst, I use audio and video recordings of naturally occurring social interactions to study how difference and inequality are produced through social interaction. My research on 911 calls examines how callers seeking police assistance routinely use race as a resource to secure help, sometimes using it to justify the police-worthiness of their complaint. Callers who use race as complaint-relevant rely upon (and reproduce) taken-for-granted assumptions, e.g. that white race connotes vulnerability while Black race connotes dangerousness. In interactions like these, mutually agreed-upon understandings of categories like race and gender are exposed, offering a window into how we use them to make meaning of our social world. In studying these interactions, I aim to better understand how systems of inequality are continually produced through informal interpersonal processes.

Fields of Study

Conversation Analysis, Race, Gender, Inequality, Ethnomethodology

Grants and Awards

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

2016  Excellence in Teaching 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


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