• Associate Professor (Lecturer), Writing and Rhetoric Studies


  • Ph.D., Dept. of English, University of Utah
  • MFA, Dept. of English, Bowling Green State University
  • BA, Dept. of Psychology, The George Washington University


David Hawkins (Ph.D. English, University of Utah) is an Associate Professor/Lecturer in Utah’s Dept. of Writing & Rhetoric Studies (WRS). He has taught graduate and undergraduate writing workshops and has led courses in Meso-American and Mexican Literature, creative writing and poetics, visual rhetoric and workplace writing. He also regularly teaches courses in Body Rhetorics, Nonfiction Writing, and is planning a course in Food Rhetoric for spring 2021. His nonfiction chapbook Lorraine Nelson: A Biography in Post-it © Notes won both the Utah Original Writing competition and the Cupboard literary pamphlet prize—and his poetry has appeared in The Seattle Review, At Length, Diagram, SPORK, Bat City Review and others, and has received awards from the Utah Arts Council. He served on the board of the nonprofit Mestizo Institute of Culture & Arts (MICA) from 2014-19 where he chaired the board and directed grant and fundraising efforts. His primary area of research is in Carnal Rhetorics and he is currently at work on a collection of critical essays on the meaning of violence in combat sports, tenatively titled The Rhetoric of the Punch. He has twice been recognized with an Excellence in Teaching award from the Department of Writing & Rhetoric studies, in 2010 and again in 2015.