Ty Hawkins

SLL Director & Associate Professor of English


Irby 317I

(501) 852-0281

Ty Hawkins (Ph.D., Saint Louis University) is Director of the School of Language and Literature, as well as Associate Professor of English. He joined the UCA faculty in the summer of 2019 as Chair of the Department of English. Hawkins’s scholarship and teaching interests cut across several periods in American literature and culture, although he works mainly with texts of the 20th and 21st centuries. More specifically, his research and pedagogy engage how literary form, cultural rhetorics of national identity, violence, gender, and justice intersect. In late 2021, Hawkins published his third book, Just War Theory and Literary Studies: An Invitation to Dialogue, which he co-authored with Dr. Andrew Kim, an ethicist who directs Marquette University’s Center for the Advancement of the Humanities. The book has occasioned a two-volume special issue of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, in which an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars apply and challenge the methodological strategies Hawkins and Kim developed in their study. Hawkins’s latest monograph project is called, The New Southern Noir: Surprising Alternatives to Revanchism and Ressentiment. This in-progress manuscript treats contemporary American crime writers who include John Brandon, Donald Ray Pollock, Clinton Portis, Jesmyn Ward, and Daniel Woodrell, among others.

To learn more about Dr. Hawkins’s academic endeavors and experience, consult his CV.