Larycia A. Hawkins (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is a scholar, speaker, and activist. In a December 10, 2015, Facebook post, she declared her intention to don a hijab in solidarity with Muslim sisters as an act Christian Advent devotion. The post initiated a national and international conversation about the nature of God and the possibilities for mutlifaith solidarity in a time where Islamaphobia, xenophobia, and racism are as, if not more, prolific than any time in history. Dr. Hawkins’ publications and research engage the intersection of race/ethnicity, religion, and politics. Her writing, speaking, teaching, and scholarship are squarely animated by a conviction that political science should be relevant to the real world.
Dr. Hawkins’ recent publications include “Prophetic and Priestly: The Politics of a Black Catholic Parish” (2015) and “Jesus and Justice: The Moral Framing of the Black Agenda” (2015).
She previously founded and directed the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Wheaton College, where she served as Associate Professor of Political Science until 2016.
In March of 2016, Dr. Hawkins joined the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia as the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow. She plans to spend her time at the Institute in research focused on the relationships between races and religions.