Larycia Hawkins to join the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

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The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture announced today that Larycia Hawkins, former professor of political science at Wheaton College, will join the Institute as the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow.

Hawkins, a nationally recognized scholar in contemporary African-American issues, plans to spend her time at the Institute in research focused on the relationships between races and religions. She also will serve as a scholar on the Pluralism Project and on the Race, Faith, and Culture Project.

“Professor Hawkins brings keen insights into the intersections of religion and race and will greatly enrich our scholarship in this area,” said James Davison Hunter, executive director and founder of the Institute. “We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome her here.”

Hawkins said she is pleased to return to UVA, where she was a fellow at The Miller Center a decade ago.

“The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture provides a wonderfully vibrant, intellectual community and it is the perfect place for me to pursue my scholarship,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins was until recently associate professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College, where in 2013 she became the college’s first female African-American tenured professor. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between black theology and the rhetoric, policies, and agendas of African-American organizations and movements.

Hawkins and Wheaton jointly announced in February that they had reached a mutual agreement and resolution to part ways after Hawkins’s nine years at the college.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my scholarship and research at the University of Virginia and to remain engaged in issues of importance and relevance,” Hawkins said. “I can’t think of a better fit for important discourse and work than the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.”

For interview requests with Dr. Hawkins, please contact managing director Tony Lin at 434-924-0878 or iascmedia@virginia.edu.

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