About Professor Anita Hill
Anita Hill is a Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. In 1991, Professor Hill testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearings for then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Professor Hill has written several books regarding her experiences and has received numerous awards, grants, and honorary degrees. In April 2016, the HBO movie “Confirmation” was released, which told the story of the famous hearings and their aftermath.
In 2017, Hill was chosen to lead the charge against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry for the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. Its mission is “to tackle the broad culture of abuse and power disparity.” In April 2019, Hill was once again in the news when former Vice-President Joe Biden phoned her to “convey his regrets for what she endured” during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. (Biden, who in 1991 presided over the hearings as chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, was subsequently criticized for not calling several other witnesses to testify. Read more about Professor Hill.