Robert Hawkins, Ph.D., a 2011 doctoral graduate of Saint Louis University's Department of American Studies, has won the 2011 Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize of the American Studies Association for his dissertation, "Natural Born Ease Man?: Work, Masculinity and the Itinerant Black Musician."
The director of the dissertation was Jonathan Smith, Ph.D. Other members of the committee were Susanne Wiedemann, Ph. D., and Matthew Mancini, Ph.D.
The Gabriel Prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in American Studies, Ethnic Studies or American Women's Studies. Dissertations from any university, not just United States institutions, are eligible for consideration for the award. It is the highest form of recognition of graduate achievement in the field of American Studies.
Hawkins is currently a tenure-track assistant professor of history at Bradley University.