DeLisa Hawkes

Hudspeth Hall
El Paso Texas, 79968
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DeLisa D. Hawkes
Assistant Professor, English

DeLisa D. Hawkes's research focuses on representations of genealogical discovery, ancestry, and intraracial tensions in nineteenth and early twentieth-century African American literature. More specifically, her work questions how the racial and cultural identities of one's ancestors impact self-identity and community building. Her most recent publications examine how authors challenge racial binaries and white supremacist ideology through their interrogations of the relationships between African Americans and Native Americans at the turn of the century. She is the recipient of several fellowships and grants in support of her research, including support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. Her community-engaged work has involved public workshops and talks such as post-show discussions at the Mosaic Theater Company in Washington, D.C. She holds a certificate in Engaged and Public Humanities from Georgetown University and was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Africana Digital Humanities Institute hosted by the University of Arizona. Hawkes has presented at over 16 national and international conferences, including the Consent in Early America, 1600-1900, Conference hosted by the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University. She has also chaired several conference panels, including an undergraduate research forum. In 2015, she co-organized the Advancing Black Leadership & Education Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an active member of the College Language Association, the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and the Modern Language Association (MLA). Additionally, she currently serves as a representative on the MLA Delegate Assembly.


  1. African American Literature
  2. Race and Ethnicity Studies
  3. Print culture
  4. US slavery
  5. Genealogy
  6. Public humanities