Rebecca Hankins

Professional Responsibilities

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

Africana Resoureces Librarian/Curator


     Graduate Faculty
     Africana Studies
    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)
         Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)            
     National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)
     Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

Research Interests

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


  • Academy of Certified Archivists-1999-2020

  • 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

  • “Influence of Muslims and Islam in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Comics,” Hankins, Rebecca and Joyce Thornton. chapter for Muslims in American Popular Culture, ABC-CLIO Praeger Publication, February 2014.  
  • "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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