Larycia Hawkins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science
On Faculty since 2007

Phone: (630)752-5209
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Education

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Oklahoma

M.P.A., University of Oklahoma

B.A., Rice University

About Larycia Hawkins

Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Larycia Hawkins worked in state government administering federal programs, including the Social Security Disability Programs and the Community Development Block Grant. 

Dr. Hawkins’ research interests lie at the intersection of race, religion, and politics.  She is currently working to publish her dissertation, Framing the Faith-Based Initiative: Black Church Elites and the Black Policy Agenda.  Her active research agenda includes projects that explore the extent to which black theology frames black political rhetoric and how black theology is reflected on black political agendas, like those of the  Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP; and a project that considers the political activism of black congregations outside the ambit of the black church (i.e. black Catholic parishes, United Church of Christ). 

Active research projects include:

  • “Jesus and Justice: The Moral Framing of the Black Policy Agenda”
  • “Prophets in Purgatory: Black Political Churches Outside the Black Church Milieu”

Courses Taught

  • American Government and Politics
  • Religion and Politics
  • Policy and Politics
  • Race and Welfare Politics
  • Interest Groups and Political Advocacy
  • Research Methodology
  • Senior Seminar
  • BRIDGE Course, Race, Welfare, and Politics

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Political Science Association, 1999 to present
  • Christians in Political Science, 2000 to present

Publications and Presentations

Books

Black, Amy, Doug Koopman, and Larycia Hawkins, Eds.  2011.  Religion and American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives.  Pearson.

Book Chapters

Hawkins, Larycia.  2006.  “Religion, Race, and Rhetoric: The Black Church, Interest Groups, and Charitable Choice.” In eds. David S. Gutterman and Andrew R. Murphy, Religion, Politics, and the American Experience after September 11: New Directions, New Controversies.  Lexington Books.

Articles

Hawkins, Larycia.  2002.  “A Live Wire? The Politics of Electricity Deregulation in Oklahoma.” Oklahoma Policy Studies Review: Volume III, Number 1, 14-19.

Editorials

Hawkins, Larycia.  February 5, 2007.  “A Challenge to Obama: Jump Ship.” Chicago Tribune.

Conference Presentations

Hawkins, Larycia.  2010.  “Jesus and Justice: The Moral Framing of the Black Policy Agenda.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington D.C.

Invited Participant. 2010.  “God’s Economy: Faith-Based Initiatives and the Caring State.”  Presented at Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good Colloquium, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana,

Hawkins, Larycia and Larisa Yun.  2008.  “The Moral of the Story: Religious Policy Images Meet the Transnational Movement for Debt Forgiveness.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco.

Hawkins, Larycia.  2007.  “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Black Pastors and the Policy Venue of the Faith-Based Initiative.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago.

Hawkins, Larycia.  2006.  “Standing in the Gap: Black Pastors and the Black Policy Agenda.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia.

Hawkins, Larycia.  2006.  “Black Pastors and the Black Policy Agenda: Policy Images of the Faith-Based Initiative.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago.

Hawkins, Larycia.  2005.  “Follow the Civil Rights Road: Black Capture Meets the Faith-Based and Community Initiative.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington D.C.