Author DeLisa Hawkes

DeLisa D. Hawkes is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Maryland. Her research centers on representations of intraracial tensions in nineteenth-century African American literature. Taking an interdisciplinary approach that relies on archival and literary sources, Hawkes’s dissertation examines the work of authors who experimented with tropes of racial passing and colorism to critique the liminal condition of African Americans as “second-class citizens.” Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century African American and American literatures, law and literature, historical fiction, critical race studies, gender, and critical trauma studies. Follow her on Twitter @DeLisaDHawkes and visit her website.