Julie Hawks

Julie Hawks
Adjunct Lecturer

M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Religious Studies

B.S. Mathematics, Eastern Connecticut State University
M.S. Library and Information Science, Simmons College
M.A. Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M.A. History (Public History concentration), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, expected May 2016

My research interests include public memory, material culture, mysticism, violence, and myth, and how they contribute to self-making/self-undoing and national identity.  I am especially interested in how Americans memorialize and remember the nation's traumatic histories that deal with racism and war. George Bataille, Walter Benjamin, and Roland Barthes are the main theorists that I work with.

I love many forms of storytelling and my favorite characters are always the tricksters/transgressors (individuals that exhibit questionable morality): The Joker, Walter White (Breaking Bad), Loki (Thor), Faith (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Tyler Durden (Fight Club).  Phineas and Ferb are fun too.

Courses:
RELS 2000: The Myth of the American Solider
RELS 2000: Introduction to World Religions through Film
RELS 3212: Batman and Sacred Violence
RELS 3212: Virtual Worlds, Game Play, and Religious Studies