Rebecca Hankins is the Wendler Endowed Professor housed in the Department of Global Languages and Culture in the School of Arts and Sciences as of September 1, 2022. Her previous employment included 12 years as a senior archivist at The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, the premier research repository on Africana historical documentation. In December of 2016, U. S. President Barack Hussein Obama appointed her to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives and Records Commission from 2017-2020. She teaches courses on memory and mythmaking, Black Islam, and the use of primary sources in research methodology. She is committed to student success in her teaching. 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 original approaches to the study of Islam. She has presented widely about diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, social justice, and equity in academia. Her published work has been featured in science fiction, library, archival, other peer-reviewed journals, and book chapters. Her areas of expertise are in the study of the African Diaspora, Women & Gender Studies, and Area Studies.

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Academic Articles9
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Hankins, R. (2016). Documenting Disaster: Hurricane Katrina andOne Family'sSaga. Casper, M., & Wertheimer, E. (Eds.), Critical Trauma Studies. NYU Press.
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  • Hankins, R. (2016). The Peculiar Institution: The Depiction of Slavery in Steven Barness Lions Blood and Zulu Heart. Conyers, J. L., & Pitre, A. (Eds.), Africana Islamic Studies. Lexington Books.
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Repository Documents / Preprints12
  • Roberts, A., Potvin, S., Hankins, R., Gatson, S., Laddusaw, S., Muise, I., ... Davis, C. B. (2021). The Gulf Coast Heritage Preparedness Initiative: Proposal to the Texas A&M University President's Excellence Fund.
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  • Brett, J., & Hankins, R. (2019). Deep in the Heart of Texzines.
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  • Hankins, R., & Hankins, S. (2019). I Am Not My Hair: Reclaiming Black Beauty.
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  • Hankins, R., Reibenspies, J. M., Marini, F. P., Bailey, G., Jackson, M., & Anderson, H. P. (2018). LGBTQ+ History and Collections brochure.
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Texas A&M University; Libraries; 5000 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-5000