Patricia Evridge Hill


Areas of Interest

  • 19th- and 20th-century U.S. social and urban history
  • U.S. women's history
  • U.S. labor history
  • Women in medicine and public health
  • Historical biography



Dallas: The Making of a Modern City (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996).

Selected Articles

“Making a Case for Academic Values: A History Professor Brings Lessons from the Seminar to the Jury Room,” Academe (the national magazine of the American Association of University Professors), Jan./Feb. 2014.

“Dr. Hilla Sheriff: Caught between Science and the State at the South Carolina Midwife Training Institutes” in South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, vol. 3, ed. Joan Marie Johnson, Valinda W. Littlefield, and Marjorie Julian Spruill (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012), 78-94.

Foreword (with Harvey J. Graff) to a reprint edition of Warren Leslie's Dallas Public and Private: Aspects of an American City (Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1998).

“Invisible Labours: Mill Work and Motherhood in the American South,” Social History of Medicine 9 (August 1996): 235–251.

“ ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’: Hilla Sheriff and Public Health in the South Carolina Piedmont, 1929–1940,” American Journal of Public Health 85 (April 1995): 578–584. 

“Real Women and True Womanhood: Grassroots Organizing Among Dallas Dressmakers in 1935,” Labor's Heritage 5 (Spring 1994): 4–17.

“Women's Groups and the Extension of City Services in Early Twentieth-Century Dallas,” East Texas Historical Journal 30 (1992): 3–10. Winner of the East Texas Historical Association's C.K. Chamberlain Award for outstanding article published in vol. 30 of the quarterly.

Selected Achievements

2010–2012 Director, $99,154 grant from East Side Union High School district to supervise SJSU historians working with history teachers as part of a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

2007–2012 Scholarly Presenter and University Liaison for three Teaching American History grants providing professional development for history teachers throughout Santa Clara County.

Spring 2010 Condon Research Award, SJSU Department of History.

July 1996 and 1997 Resident Scholar, San Jose State University History-Social Science Project (professional development for K-12 teachers of history and the social sciences).

Summer 1996 California State University Research Fellowship.

Summer 1994 Study Grant for College and University Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities.

Summer 1994 Summer Research Fellow, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina.

Summer 1993 M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner Research Fellowship, Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Summer 1992 Research Fellowship, Oregon Humanities Center, University of Oregon.


I have served as the statewide secretary and SJSU chapter president of the California Faculty Association—the union for all CSU faculty members. When not engaged as a historian, department chair, or union activist, I enjoy playing tennis, skiing, hiking with dogs, and wine collecting.