Ames Hawkins


Ames Hawkins
Associate Provost for Faculty Research and Development
33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Room 506
Chicago, IL 60605



Ames Hawkins, PhD, is the associate provost for Faculty Research and Development and an associate professor in English and Creative Writing. Hawkins is a transgenre writer, educator, and art activist, and currently teaches courses in First Semester Experience, Cultural Studies, and Literature. 

As associate provost for Faculty Research and Development, Hawkins is responsible for faculty programming and support services, including assistance for faculty in the three areas in which evaluation occurs: creative and scholarly endeavor, teaching, and service. Hawkins directs and administers faculty support services, peer-to-peer mentoring, workshops, events, and 21st century pedagogy resources. More information can be found on the Faculty Development Portfolio website. She creates programming to onboard and support new faculty.

A multimodal composer who uses writing and art to explore the interstices of alphabetic text, image, and sound, Hawkins theorizes the power and pleasure of queer(ing) form. Her creative-critical scholarship appears in a number of edited volumes, as well as across a range of academic and literary publications—both print and online—such as enculturation, The Rumpus, Palaver, Computers and Composition Online, Slag Glass City, The Feminist WireInterdisciplinary Humanities, and Water~Stone Review. Hawkins is currently working on These are Love(d) Letters, a transgenre book-length writing project that uses a finite set of textual artifacts, (the twenty love letters written by her father to her mother over a six-week period), as a framework for a complex visual and textual exploration of the infinite implications regarding the rhetorical, cultural, theoretical and literary work of the love letter. She has engaged in a wide range of drag/queer/story performance in Chicago and co-hosted and co-produced the scholarly podcast Masters of Text 2015-16.

Hawkins earned a PhD in English/Composition and Rhetoric, with a cognate in Anthropology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a BA Honors in American Culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.