Rebecca Hankins, CA, MLIS, is a Professor and certified archivist/librarian. She received her terminal graduate degree from Louisiana State University. She has been at Texas A&M University since 2003, receiving tenure in 2010. Her previous employment included 12 years as senior archivist at The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, the premier research repository on Africana historical documentation. She was elected as an SAA Fellow in 2016 and appointed as Wendler Endowed Professor in the library, the Fall of 2016. In December of 2016, U. S. President Barack Hussein Obama appointed her to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a 3-year position that is responsible for evaluating and dispensing between $5-10 million dollars in funds for the National Archives. Her research centers on diversity as it intersects within the African Diaspora and Women & Gender Studies, and the applied use of popular culture as a pedagogical method that offers new approaches to the study of Islam. She teaches courses on the use of primary sources in research and research methodology. She has presented at numerous conference venues and published in science fiction, library, archival, and other peer-reviewed journals. Her latest publication is a co-edited collection of essays with Miguel Juarez, Ph.D. (UTEP) titled Where Are All the Librarians of Color? The Experiences of People of Color in Academia (Library Juice Press, January 2016).
- Hankins, R. (2015). The Case for Fictional Islam. Critical Muslim.
- Hankins, R., & Juarez, M. (2010). Art in Special Collections. Art Documentation: bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America. 29(1), 31-36.
- Hankins, R. (2009). Fictional Islam: A Literary Review and Comparative Essay on Islam in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Foundation: the international review of science fiction. (105), 73-92.
- Hankins, R., Melgoza, P., Seeger, C., & Wan, G. (2009). Meeting our users where they conference: A Texas A&M model to support librarian attendance at subject-specific conferences. Public Services Quarterly. 5(2), 98-113.
- Hankins, R. (2009). Uncovering Black Feminist Writers 1963-90 An Evaluation of Their Coverage in Research Tools. Reference and User Services Quarterly. 48(3), 270-286.
- Hankins, R. (2016). Documenting Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and One Family's Saga. Casper, M., & Wertheimer, E. (Eds.), Critical Trauma Studies. NYU Press.
- Hankins, R. (2016). The Peculiar Institution: The Depiction of Slavery in Steven Barnes’s Lion’s Blood and Zulu Heart. Conyers, J. L., & Pitre, A. (Eds.), Africana Islamic Studies. Lexington Books.
Institutional Repository Documents8
- Brett, J., & Hankins, R. (2019). Deep in the Heart of Texzines.
- Hankins, R., & Hankins, S. (2019). I Am Not My Hair: Reclaiming Black Beauty.
- Hankins, R. (2019). Reel Muslim Women: The Depiction of Muslim Women on Film and TV.
- Hankins, R., & Hankins, R. (2014). Bibliography on Black Women's Hair Research.
- T3 awarded by Texas A&M University - (College Station, Texas, United States) 2019 - 2019