Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2003 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Chicago. Thesis titled Globalization vs. Civilization: The Ideologies of Foreign Language Learning in Tunisia.
1997 MA Anthropology, University of Chicago.
1992 MA Education, George Washington University.
1987 BA Sociology/Anthropology Honors program, Swarthmore College.
2011-present Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Little Rock.
2004-2011 Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College.
2003-2004 Visiting Assistant Professor, Vassar College.
2002-2003 Visiting Assistant Professor, Montana State University.
2001 President, American Institute for Maghreb Studies Graduate Students’ Association.
2000 Starr Lecturer, University of Chicago.
1998-1999 English Language Instructor, Université de Tunis—9 Avril.
1992-1995 Research Associate, National Center for Improving Science Education.
1991-1992 Social Studies Teacher, Suitland High School, Prince George’s County, MD
1989-1990 Peace Corps Volunteer, Tunisia.
Forthcoming “The Rage of Young Martyrs: A Unifying Ideology in the Tunisian Revolution” in an edited volume, Adeline Mesquelier, editor, SAR Press.
Forthcoming “’Madam, you drive a hard bargain:’ Selling to Tourists in Tunis’ Medina” in the edited volume Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East Third Edition, Donna Lee Bowen, Evelyn Early, and Beck Schulthies, editors. Indiana University Press
2014 “Teargas, Flags, and Dances: Images of and for Revolution in Tunisia,” in the edited volume, Beyond the Arab Spring: The Political Aesthetics of Revolt and Popular Protest, 2010-2011, Pnina Werbner, editor. Edinburgh University Press.
2014 Book Review Faith in Schools: Religion, Education, and American Evangelicals in East Africa. Journal of Religion in Africa. V. 44, N. 1 pgs. 129-131.
2012 “Protecting the Mosque: Secular Salesmen’s Price and Fear in Tunis” in the edited volume Prayer in the City: Muslim Practices of Place Making, Dorothea Schulz and Patrick Desplat, editors. Transaction Publishers.
2011 “Tunisia: Was it a revolution” in The Arab Spring of Discontent: A Collection from e-International Relations” e-International Relations. Fall 2011. P. 10-11.
2011 Book Review The Edge of Islam: Power, Personhood, and Ethno-religious Boundaries on the Kenya Coast. Journal of Religion in Africa. V. 41, N. 2.
2011 “Who Wears Hijab with the President: Constructing a Modern Islam in Tunisia,” for Journal of Religion in Africa. V. 41, N. 1 pgs. 1-24.
2010 “National Symbols and National Identity: Currency and Constructing Cosmopolitans in Tunisia,” Identities, Global Studies in Culture and Power. V. 17, N. 2 pgs. 228-254.
2010 “Cosmopolitan Hagglers or Haggling Locals? Salesmen, Tourists, and Cosmopolitan Discourses in Tunis,” City and Society. Spring 2010 V. 22, N. 1.
2008 “Hijab: Feminine Allure and Charm to Men in Tunis,” Ethnology. V. 47, N. 1 pgs. 1-21
2008 ”Non-national Englishes and their Alternatives: Academics and the Internet in Tunisia,” International Journal of Multilingualism. V. 5, N. 4 pgs. 357-374.
1996 Hawkins, Simon, Gandal, Matthew, and Britton, Edward “Examination Systems in Seven Countries.” Examining the Examinations, Edward Britton and Senta Raizen, editors. Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
1996 Britton, Edward, Hawkins Simon, Matthew Gandal “Comparing Examination Systems.” Examining the Examinations, Edward Britton and Senta Raizen, editors. Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers
1994 Michelsohn, Arie and Hawkins, Simon “Current Practice in Science Education of Prospective Elementary School Teachers” The Future of Science in Elementary Schools. Ed. by Senta Raizen and Arie Michelsohn. San Francisco: CA Jossey-Bass, Inc.
November 2013 “Blurred Boundaries: Shifts in Markers for Religious and Secular Identity in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL.
November 2013 “Shifting Language Identities: Gender, Age and Class in Tunisia” at annual meeting of the Arkansas Philological Association, Little Rock, AR.
November 2012 “Unifying Images: The Use of Photographs in the Tunisian Revolution” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA.
November 2012 “The Arab Spring: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia” as the Zia H. Hashmi Lecture for 2012 at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.
March 2012 “Pictures for Revolution: The Role of Shared Images in the Tunisian Uprising” at the annual meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society, Birmingham, AL
November 2010 “Dominating Men: Hierarchy, Power, and Physicality in Tunis’ Medina” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA.
December 2009 “Protecting the Mosque: Cosmopolitan Salesmen and Parochial Tourists in Tunisia” as part of an invited panel at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
December 2009 “Shifting Languages, Shifting Identities: Language Ideology in Tunisia” at the Symposium on Contemporary Perspectives in Anthropology,” Lambertville, NJ.
November 2009 “Variations Across Languages, Divisions Within Communities: Languages, Schools and the Internet in Tunisia,” an invited talk for the Linguistic Data Consortium Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.
March 2009 “Constructing a Modern Islam in Tunisia” at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, Asilomar, CA.
November 2008 “Desires and Destinies: Sex, Marriage, and Opportunities in Tunisia” at the Symposium on Contemporary Perspectives in Anthropology, Guerneville, CA.
May 2008 “Desire and Dress in Tunisia” at the annual meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Long Beach, CA.
May 2007 “Cosmopolitan Claims: Merchants and Tourists in the Medina of Tunis” at the annual meeting of the American Ethnological Society, Toronto, Canada.
April 2007 “What Men Want: Desire, Modesty, and Hijab in Tunis” at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, Phoenix, AZ.
November 2001 “Pre-Colonial Languages and Learning in Tunisia: Is The ‘New’ ‘Modern’?” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.
May 2001 “Ideologies and Practices of Globalism: What are Foreign Languages for in Tunisia?” at the CASPIC—Middle East Conference, Chicago, IL.
November 2000 “Testing Discipline: The Practice of Exams in Tunisian Universities” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA.
May 1999 “Power, Pedagogy, and Parole: Foreign Language Learning in Tunis” at the Centre d’Études Maghrébines à Tunis, Tunisia.
Awards and Grants
2014 UALR AHSS Summer Research Fellowship.
2014 UALR Graduate and Retention Advocate Award.
2013 Received ATLE Professional Development Certificate.
2012 Recipient of ATLE Distinguished Teaching Fellow award.
2011 UALR AHSS Summer Research Fellowship.
2011 Fulbright Grant for research in Tunisia. Declined to take position at UALR.
2006 Franklin & Marshall Faculty Research Grant. “Negotiating Authenticity: Tourist Haggling in Tunisia,”
2002 Watkins Fellowship of the Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago. Declined in favor of appointment at Montana State University.
1998-99 Fulbright/IIE Grant for research on language education and nationalism in Tunisia.
1997 University of Chicago Unendowed Fellowship
1997 Spencer Foundation Travel Grant.
1996-97 FLAS Title VI Grant for Arabic area and language studies.