Danielle Phillips-Cunningham Honored by the National Women’s Studies Association

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, an associate professor of multicultural women’s and gender studies at Texas Woman’s University, is the recipient of a 2020 National Women’s Studies Association’s Sara A. Whaley Book Prize. The Sara A. Whaley Book Prize is awarded for groundbreaking scholarship in women’s studies that makes significant feminist contributions to the topic of women and labor. The prize honors Sara Whaley, who owned Rush Publishing and was the editor of Women’s Studies Abstracts.

Dr. Phillips-Cunningham’s book, Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers (Rutgers University Press, 2019), is a comparative racial history of Irish immigrant and southern Black women who labored as domestic workers in northeastern U.S. cities during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 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.

Dr. Phillips-Cunningham is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a Ph.D. in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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  1. Ronald B. Saunders says:

    Sister Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham congratulations for winning this highly coveted prestigious award for which you are most deserving.
    I do appreciate all the work you put in with the National ASALH All Virtual Conference this past September..

    Best,
    Ronald Brooks Saunders
    President
    Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch
    Association for the Study of African American Life and History(ASALH)
    The Founders of Black History Month

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