Rebecca Hankins

Professional Responsibilities

Liaison and resource faculty member for those in the Humanities and Social Sciences departments with a particular emphasis on African/African American Diaspora Studies and Middle Eastern Studies; develop and implement collection development policies for Africana Studies and Middle Eastern Studies; provide counseling for the integration of these materials into the curriculum, incorporating information literacy components into the curriculum, and creating assessment tools; and provide reference services in person and virtually.

Africana Resoureces Librarian/Curator


     Graduate Faculty
     Race & Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI)
     Society of American Archivists (SAA)
     Academy of Certified Archivists
     American Library Association
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
                Africana Studies Librarians Section (AFAS)         
                Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)          
     National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)

Research Interests

  • African Diaspora
  • Women Studies
  • Muslims and Islam in Science fiction, fantasy, and comics
  • Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies
  • Diversity in Academia


  • Academy of Certified Archivists-1999-2010

  • Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
               Master of Library and Information Science-2000                      

  • Loyola University; New Orleans, Louisiana
               Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree Cum Laude, 1997
    Alpha Sigma Lambda-Delta Nu Chapter Honor Society

Selected Papers

Book Chapters

  • "African American Studies Collections” chapter in Developing Culturally Diverse Collections for the 21st Century: Best Practices and Guidelines, edited by Myra Appel, ALA/EMIERT. Greenwood Publishing Groups’ Libraries Unlimited, PENDING, ISBN: 1-59158-598-8;9781591585985.
  • "Jews of New Orleans:  An Archival Guide."  Simons, Andrew, Lester Sullivan and the Greater New Orleans Archivists (GNOA), section Jewish Holdings at the Amistad Research Center, 1998.


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