Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Program Lead of

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
B.A., Comparative Women's Studies, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

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 (2020)
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

Externally Funded Projects

Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History Archives Travel Award, Georgia State University
Georgia State University, Southern Labor History Archives | $600.00 | 2020
Role: Principal Investigator

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

Public Voices of the South Fellowship, Partnership of the OpEd Project, Advancing Black Labor Strategists Initiative, and Morehouse College
The Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership, Texas Woman's University | $0.00 | 2020
Research Grant

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