Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D.


Woodcock Hall
Room 307F



Danielle Phillips-Cunningham is someone who integrates her love for women's history, feminist theory, and politics into all aspects of her work. She also has a deep interest in working with colleagues across academic disciplines on projects related to race, women, labor, and diversity issues in higher education. Her book "Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers (Rutgers University Press, December 2019)," offers a transdisciplinary and comparative labor history of 19th and early 20th century Irish immigrant and US Black migrant domestic workers in US northeastern cities. Drawing on a range of archival sources from the United States and Ireland, this intersectional study explores how these women were significant to the racial labor and citizenship politics of their time. Phillips-Cunningham is a co-organizer and co-founder of the Inaugural TWU Faculty of Color Writing Workshop, a collaborative project with Drs. Gabrielle Smith and Sally Stabb (Psychology). Guided by a learning by doing pedagogy, Phillips-Cunningham teaches courses that encourage students to put feminist concepts and theories into practice through innovative and practice-based assignments.


Ph.D., Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2010
B.A., Comparative Women's Studies, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, 2004

Research Interests

Domestic work; African American women's history; Irish immigrant women's history; women's labors; women's migrations; labor activism; diversity issues in higher education

Latest Articles

Slaving Irish Ladies and Black Towers of Strength in the Labor World: Race and Women's Resistance in Domestic Service
Women's History Review (2020)
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham

Book Review of Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington DC by Treva B. Lindsey (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017)
Journal of American Ethnic History (2018)
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham

Possibilities for Hidden Gems in a Rare Feminist Archive: Topic Model Browsing on Women's Migration
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2017)
Danielle Taylor Phillips


Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers
The Rutgers University Press (2019)
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham


Cleaning Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers in New York, 1865-1930
in Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood: New Perspectives on Women's History | Rutgers University Press (2017)
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham

Introduction: From a Young Scholar
in Their Memories, Our Treasures: Conversations with African American Women of Wisdom | Spelman Independent Scholars Press (2004)
Danielle Phillips

Externally Funded Projects

Atlanta University Center's Robert W. Woodruff Research Travel Award
Robert W. Woodruff Library | $1,500.00 | 2020
Role: Principal Investigator

American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant
American Philosophical Society | $6,000.00 | 2020
Role: Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

Creative Arts and Humanities Grant
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Texas Woman's University | $4,978.00 | 2019
Research Grant

Comprehensive Research Funds
Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Texas Woman's University | $2,000.00 | 2016
Research Grant

Quality Enhancement Program's Pioneering Pathways: Learning by Doing
$500.00 | 2015
Research Grant

Research Development Fund
Office of Dean of Arts and Sciences, Texas Woman's University | $1,500.00 | 2015
Research Grant

Creative Actitivies

Creative Arts and Humanities Grant Project (2019)
Public History Scholarship | Library of Congress

Curator, The Marcia Niemann Feminist Archival Collection (2019)
Public History Scholarship | The Woman's Collection, TWU Library

Professional Affiliations

  • African American Intellectual Historical Society
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
  • International Federation for Research on Women's History
  • Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement
  • National Association of African American Studies
  • National Council of Black Political Scientists
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society