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Alan J. Hawkins (born July 8, 1955) is a professor in the Brigham Young Universitymarker (BYU) School of Family Life, a division of the university's College of Home Family and Social Sciences. Hawkins was one of the witnesses brought by the state of Iowa to defend man/woman marriage in the courts.

Hawkins has done extensive research and written many publications on the role of fathers in child development, as well as on the role of pre-marital counseling and classes and other laws to reduce divorce rates. Hawkins currently serves as the chair of the Utah Commission on Marriage and as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Center for African American Marriages and Families at Hampton Universitymarker.

Personal Life

Hawkins graduated from Ann Arbor Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michiganmarker. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kobe, Japan.

Hawkins married Lisa Bolin in 1977 and they are the parents of two children.

Education and Career

Hawkins holds a bachelors and Masters degree from BYUmarker and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State Universitymarker. He has been a member of the BYU faculty since 1990. In 2000 he was a visiting scholar with the National Fatherhood Initiative and from 2004-2006 he was a visiting scholar at the office of planning, research and evaluation of the Administration for Children and Families, a part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. From 1996-2000 Hawkins directed BYU's Family Studies Center and he currently serves as the coordinator of undergraduate education in the School of Family Life. Hawkins was also one of the developers of the Marriage Moments program. The plan for marriage education, with Hawkins as the lead author, was used by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton to run a federal government funded program to encourage marriage among African-American and Hispanic couples who were currently co-habitating. Hawkins also co-founded with David Dollahite the website FatherWord.

Hawkins focus in research has been on the role of fathers and more recently on state attempts to create systems that reduce the rate of divorce. He has also made statements on the ill-affects of Same-gender marriage, and these have been quoted in articles by such commentators on the issue as Stanley Kurtz.

Hawkins statements on issues such as Covenant Marriage have been quoted in papers throughout the United States, such as the Los Angeles Times on Feb, 11, 2001. His study's showing marriage makes a difference to men's lives are were cited in a Honolulu Star-Bulletin article.

Hawkins served as an expert witness for man/woman marriage in the case of Varnum v. Brien.


Hawkins recently wrote a 168-page guide to divorce with Tamara Fackrell. He edited with Lynn D. Wardle and David Orgon Coolidge Revitalizing the Institution of Marriage for the Twenty-First Century: An Agenda for Strengthening the Family (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2002). He also edited with Jay Fagan the book Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers. He also co-edited with David Dollahite the book Generative Fathering: Beyond Deficit Perspectives. Hawkins was also one of eight principal authors of Twogether in Texas: Baseline Report for Marriage in the Lone-Star State.

Hawkins has written several articles. Among these are "Perspectives on Covenant Marriage" in The Family in America November 1998, Vol. 12, No. 11, pp. 1-8.;"Maternal Gatekeeping: Mothers Beliefs and behaviors that inhibit greater father involvement" (with Sarah M. Allen) in Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 61, no. 1; "Are Fathers Fungible" (with D. J. Eggebeen) in Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 53, no. 4, p. 958-972; "Exploring Wives Sense of Fairness About Family" (with several others, but he was lead author) Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 16, no. 6; "The Role of Father Involvement in Personality Change in Men Across the Transition to Parenthood" (with Jay Belsky) in Family Relations, Vol. 38, no. 4, p. 378-384.



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