Center for Law and Humanities


Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences

Eric Ashley Hairton

Eric Ashley Hairston, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and of Law and Humanities
Director of the Center for Law and Humanities      

Address: 2338 Campus Box
Phone #: (336) 278-6412
Office: Alamance 305D

Eric Ashley Hairston (Ph.D. University of Virginia, J.D. University of North Carolina, B.A. Wake Forest) serves as director of the Center and as a Prelaw advisor at Elon. He teaches courses in law and humanities for both undergraduates and Elon law students. As associate professor of English and of Law and Humanities, Hairston bridges the academic and professional space, teaching American Literature, African American and Asian American Literatures, and classical literature, in addition to law-related courses and course in Elon's interdisciplinary Core Curriculum. He is also admitted to the North Carolina Bar and has professional interests in Constitutional Law, property law, intellectual property law, and higher education law. His research interests include classical influences on African-American Literature and American Literature broadly, African American intellectual history, Asian American Literature, American Studies, and law, literature and humanities.

As a former association dean (assistant dean) at the University of Virginia, he is also interested in issues of academic performance, curricular development, and education law and policy. He was a 2015 Virginia Foundation Foundation for the Humanities Fellow and continues as a VFH non-resident Fellow.  His 2013 book, The Ebony Column:  Classics, Civilization, and the African American Reclamation of the West, was a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.