All of the History faculty members at IWU have an earned doctorate in that subject. They are committed teachers, scholars, and Christians. A sample of the areas of historical study, interest, and expertise of our faculty includes: Ancient, Late Antiquity, Medieval, Early Modern Europe, England, Latin America, and U.S. Political and Constitutional History.

The History faculty strive to challenge untested assumptions, inspire thoughtful engagement, and cultivate a historical perspective in their students. They desire graduates who can critically analyze, appreciate, and honestly evaluate the past, resulting in a deeper understanding of the present, a greater appreciation of the human condition, and some inkling of where we may be headed in the future.

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J Russell Hawkins; PhD Assoc Prof of Humanities & History rusty.hawkins@indwes.edu Department - Honors College Division - Honors College


Educational Background:

  • B.A., 1999, Wheaton College
  • M.A., 2002, Montana State University
  • M.A., 2006, Rice University
  • Ph.D., 2009, Rice University


  • American Religious History
  • Race Relations
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • U.S. South

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