Rebecca Hankins writes for Poligon’s online publication, Historical Action, which discusses how Muslims have historically been politically involved in the U.S. Rebecca is an Associate Professor and a certified archivist/librarian. She received her graduate degree from Louisiana State University in 2000. She has been at Texas A&M University since 2003, receiving tenure in 2010. Rebecca was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. She was elected to the prestigious Society of American Archivists’ as a Distinguished Fellow in 2016 and holds the Wendler Endowed Professorship at Texas A&M University.
Her previous employment included 12 years as senior archivist at The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, the premier research institution on Africana historical documentation. She teaches courses on the use of primary sources in research and research methodology. She has presented at numerous conference venues and published in science fiction, library, archival, and other peer-reviewed journals.
Rebecca’s expertise includes building collections and scholarly resources for the study of the African Diaspora, Women & Gender Studies, Race & Ethnic Studies, and Arabic Language. Her latest publication is a book co-authored with Ph.D. candidate Miguel Juarez titled “Where are All the Librarians of Color: The Experiences of People of Color in Academia” by Library Juice Press, 2016.