Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President
111 Jessup Hall (JH)
Lena Hill is the University of Iowa’s Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President. She also serves as Senior Associate to the President and is an Associate Professor of English and African American Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale, and her scholarship focuses on nineteenth & twentieth century African-American literature and visual culture. She has published three books: Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa during the Long Civil Rights Era (UP of Iowa, 2016; co-edited with Michael Hill), Visualizing Blackness and the Creation of the African American Literary Tradition (Cambridge UP, 2014), and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: A Reference Guide (Greenwood, 2008; co-authored with Michael Hill).
Hill joined the University of Iowa in 2006. An active member of the UI community, Hill has held a variety of leadership and service positions on campus as well as in local Iowa City organizations. She currently serves on the boards of the Iowa City Community School District Foundation and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.