Eric Hairston, associate professor of law and humanities, associate professor of English,
and director of the center for law and humanities

(336) 278-6412, ahairston@elon.edu

Eric Ashley Hairston is the founding director of the Center for Law and Humanities. His research areas include intersections of Classical Literature and American Literature, especially classical influences on African American and Southern writers, as well as the interdisciplinary study of law, literature, and the humanities. 

Dr. Hairston's recent work in law and policy will appear in the forthcoming The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America. His book, The Ebony Column:  Classics, Civilization, and the African American Reclamation of the West is in under review as the first book in the Classicism in American Culture Series, published by the University of Tennessee Press and edited by Dr. John C. Shields of Illinois State University.

Dr. Hairston teaches Law and Humanities at Elon University School of Law. He teaches undergraduate courses in American Literature, African-American Literature, Classical Literature, Law and Literature, Asian American Literature, and Southern Literature. He has taught courses in the Western Literary Tradition and Children's Literature.

Dr. Hairston has regularly presented his work at professional conferences, including the American Comparative Literature Association, The British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Annual Conference at Oxford University, The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and the Modern Language Association. His most recent work on Classics, the Western Tradition, and African American Literature appears in New Essays On Phillis Wheatley, edited by Dr. John C. Shields. 


Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia.
J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law.
M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia.
B.A., English and Politics, Wake Forest University.

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Eric Ashley Hairston Contributes to Reference Work on Crime

Eric Hairston Contributes Chapter to American Literature Book