Deion S. Hawkins, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Argumentation & Advocacy and the Director of Debate at Emerson College. Deion is an expert in social marketing and Critical Race Theory (CRT); his current research operates at the intersection of intercultural and health communication focusing on (1) ending police brutality and (2) increasing authentic white Allyship. As a staunch social justice advocate and critical scholar, Dr. Hawkins is committed to using his educational privilege to uplift our most systemically disenfranchised populations. Thus, he has studied a myriad of topics including: HIV in the Black gay community, police induced trauma, environmental racism in Flint, Michigan and advanced care directives for elderly Black populations. In addition to his research, Dr. Hawkins is a nationally recognized debate coach; he is one of the few coaches in the country with multiple debate (IPDA ’13, IPDA ’19) and speech (AFA ’17-duo, PKD ’19-duo) national championships. His coaching accomplishments were acknowledged in 2019 when he was awarded the Bob Derryberry Award, which recognizes excellence amongst new forensics educators. Lastly, Deion currently serves as the Coalition Manager for HIV Racial Justice Now (HRJN) and is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) officer for Boston Health Care For the Homeless Program.
Communication StudiesSince 2018
M.A., Marshall University
Ph.D., George Mason University