Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Advisor

Office: HDB 307F
Office Phone: 940-898-2746
Fax: 940-898-2101
Email: dphillips3@twu.edu

Education

Degree Date Field Institution
Ph.D. 2010 Womens and Gender Studies Rutgers University
B.A. 2004 Comparative Women's Studies Spelman College

About

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., specializes in women’s labor and migration histories. Her other interests include feminist pedagogy, faculty diversity issues in higher education, critical race feminism, black feminist thought and womanist thought. Her interest in racial class and gender issues in national politics is reflected in her most recent public interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

Phillips-Cunningham’s scholarship on domestic workers has been published by journals such as Signs: The Journal of Women in Culture and Society and the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. Her most recent publication, “Cleaning Race: Irish immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers in the US Northeast, 1865-1930” is a chapter in the edited volume U.S. Women’s History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood that was published by Rutgers University Press in December 2016.

Phillips-Cunningham’s book project, Putting their hands on race: Irish immigrant and southern African American Domestic Workers, 1850-1940 is a comparative social history of Irish immigrant and southern African American women who worked in domestic service in U.S. northeastern cities. She also developed a research index of Irish immigrant women’s interviews housed by the Ellis Island Immigration Museum’s Bob Hope Memorial Library.

At TWU, Professor Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., teaches graduate courses on feminist/womanist thought, black feminist thought, women’s labors and migrations, U.S. women of colors and the politics of motherhood. She advises undergraduate women’s studies minor, master’s and doctoral students. She also founded and serves as advisor to TWU’s Iota Iota Iota (Triota) Women’s Studies National Honor Society Gamma Psi Chapter.