Dr. J. Russell Hawkins
Associate Professor of Humanities and History
J. Russell (Rusty) Hawkins graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 1999.
After taking an M.A. in American History from Montana State University, Rusty
served for a year with AmeriCorps as a literacy program coordinator in the
public schools of Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his Ph.D. in American
History from Rice University in 2009.
In 2013 Rusty and his co-editor, Philip Luke Sinitiere published Christians
and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided
by Faith (Oxford University Press). The book was drawn
from papers delivered at a 2010 conference that Rusty organized at Indiana Wesleyan
University to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Michael O. Emerson and
Christian Smith’s book, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the
Problem of Race in America.
Rusty is currently finishing a book manuscript titled Sacred
Segregation: White Evangelicals and Civil Rights in South Carolina, which
is under contract with Louisiana State University Press. The book examines the
way that white Christians' religious beliefs caused them to work against the
civil rights movement in the South. He has received research grants for his
book from the Southern Baptist Library and Archives, Baylor University's
Institute for Oral History, the University of South Carolina's Institute for
Southern Studies and Indiana Wesleyan University's Lilly Scholarship Fund.
Rusty has begun research on a new project examining the white flight
of churches from urban America in the second half of the twentieth
Rusty and his wife, Kristi, have two sons, Caleb and Micah. In addition to
spending time with his wife and boys, he enjoys reading (obviously), running
(not as often as he should), and rooting for his favorite sports teams (the
Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas City Chiefs).