Rebecca Hankins, CA, MLIS, is a Professor and certified archivist/librarian. She received her terminal graduate degree from Louisiana State University. She has been at Texas A&M University since 2003, receiving tenure in 2010 then being promoted to Full Professor in 2018. Her previous employment included 12 years as a senior archivist at The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, the premier research repository on Africana historical documentation. She was elected as an SAA Fellow in 2016 and appointed as Wendler Endowed Professor in the library, the Fall of 2016. In December of 2016, U. S. President Barack Hussein Obama appointed her to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), where she served a 4-year term, 2016-2020. NHPRC is responsible for evaluating hundreds of grant proposals and dispensing between $5-10 million dollars in funds for the National Archives. Her research centers on diversity as it intersects within the African Diaspora and Women & Gender Studies, and the applied use of popular culture as a pedagogical method that offers new approaches to the study of Islam. She teaches courses on the use of primary sources in research and research methodology. She has presented at numerous conference venues and published in science fiction, library, archival, and other peer-reviewed journals. Her monograph is a co-edited collection of essays with Miguel Juarez, Ph.D. (UTEP) titled Where Are All the Librarians of Color? The Experiences of People of Color in Academia (Library Juice Press, January 2016).