Faculty and Staff

Beins, Agatha, PhD

Associate Professor
Rutgers University
Office: WH 307L
Phone: 940-898-2117
Email: abeins@twu.edu

Dr. Beins teaches courses in social movement and grassroots activism, art and social change, feminist histories, women's and gender studies, food studies, and feminist/womanist theories.

Her research and writing overlaps with much of her teaching interests and tend to ask questions about the conditions of possibility for imagining and realizing radical forms of justice. For example, her book Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity (University of Georgia Press, 2017) explores the ways that newsletters and newspapers in the US women's liberation movement constructed feminism as a collective identity and set of liberatory practices. Examining the material, epistemological and cultural infrastructures that shape our experiences and perceptions has relevance to other areas. Her writing about pedagogies considers how online, asynchronous spaces of teaching affect the possibilities of forming a learning community among students. And a book chapter about the women's and gender studies in higher education asks how ways of thinking critically enable and constrain.

Her current project explores creative worldbuilding, or a set of theories and practices that allow us to work toward radical justice. This involves interviewing artists and community organizers to learn about and amplify the material, discursive, affective, and imaginative infrastructures that they imagine and build. As a result, the project bridges art and activism: art has the potential to catalyze new ways of thinking, feeling and acting that organizations might be able to adopt and work toward in their material practices. Her work on feminist print cultures has appeared in journals such as Feminist Studies, American Periodicals and Feminist Formations.

Keating, AnaLouise, PhD

Professor
University of Chicago
Office: WH 307K
Phone: 940-898-2129
Email: akeating@twu.edu

Dr. Keating teaches courses on Gloria Anzaldúa; Womanist Spiritual Activism; The Politics of Publications and Writing; US Women of Colors; Feminist/Womanist & Indigenous Epistemologies, Ontologies and Theories; New Directions in Feminist/Womanist Theories.

Dr. Keating’s research focuses on transformation studies as shaped by Gloria Anzaldúa and other U.S. women of colors. Her research investigates issues related to theory-making, embodied knowledge creation, social justice, invitational multicultural pedagogies, archival research, autohistoria-teoría, metaphysics, womanist thought, yoga and language.

Dr. Keating’s current book develops a theory-praxis of womanist spiritual activism and is under contract with the University of Illinois Press. She is also working on several articles, including a collaborative exploration of archival research and an investigation of contemporary astrologers’ social justice interventions. Her book, The Anzaldúan Theory Handbook, is forthcoming in Fall 2022 from Duke University Press. Her previous books include Transformation Now! Towards a Post-Oppostional Politics of Change; Teaching Transformation: Transcultural Classroom Dialogues; and Woman Reading, Women Writing: Self-Invention in Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Audre Lorde. Dr. Keating has also edited several books by Gloria Anzaldúa: Light in the Dark/Luz en lo oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality; The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader; and Interviews/Entrevistas. She co-edited with Anzaldúa this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation. Dr. Keating also edits a book series, Transformations: Womanist, Feminist, & Indigenous Studies, for the University of Illinois Press.

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham

Phillips-Cunningham, Danielle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Program Lead, Multicultural Women's & Gender Studies
Rutgers University
Office: WH 307F
Phone: 940-898-2746
Email: dphillips3@twu.edu
Website: daniellephillips-cunningham.com

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham is program director and associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on women’s labors and feminist/womanist theories and methods. She is co-teaching a cross-listed course between TWU and Spelman College with Dr. Sheri Davis-Faulkner entitled "Covid-19 & Black Workers: Race, Gender, and Labor."

She is the recipient of the National Women’s Studies Association’s Sara A. Whaley Book Prize for Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers. Her forthcoming labor history, “A Tower of Strength in the Labor World”: Nannie Helen Burroughs and her National Training School for Women and Girls, is under contract with Georgetown University Press. The book is supported by the African American Intellectual History Society’s C.L.R. James Fellowship, American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Research Grant, and the TWU Creative Arts and Humanities Program.

Her third book project is about Elizabeth McDuffie, co-founder of the first Black federal employees union and the personal assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. The project is supported by research awards from the Atlanta University Center’s Robert Woodruff Library and Georgia State University’s Southern Labor Archives.

Phillips-Cunningham is a co-principal investigator of Quakertown Stories, an African American public history and curriculum project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a fellow of the OpEd Project’s Public Voices of the South, she has written op-eds about African American history and women’s labor organizing history. Her latest op-ed is a co-authored piece with Quakertown descendants. Phillips-Cunningham is also a co-principal investigator of the Women’s Thought Leadership Program funded by the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Claire Sahlin

Sahlin, Claire, PhD

Cornaro Professor; Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Harvard University
Office
: CFO 1202
Phone: 940-898-3329
Email: csahlin@twu.edu

Dr. Sahlin’s administrative work includes coordinating faculty development programs to promote a culture of belonging for new faculty and to support mid-career faculty aspiring to leadership roles. When time allows, she teaches courses related to social justice perspectives on religion as well as feminist environmental philosophy and ethics.

Dr. Sahlin’s research expertise is in the field of women’s studies in religion with a focus on women’s leadership in the history of medieval Christianity. She also engages with research on religious literacy and has led programming to enhance inclusion for religious minorities on our campus.

Stukes, Patricia, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor
Texas Woman's University
Office: WH 307E
Phone: 940-898-2112
Email: jusbcas@twu.edu

Dr. Stukes teaches courses on include US Women of Colors, Sexualities and Identities, Gender and Social Change, Feminist Pedagogies, Qualitative Methods, Introductions to Sociology, Human Dimensions of Disasters, and Foundations of Research. Dr. Stukes interests include intersectionality related to disaster research, Hip Hop feminism, and transformational education.

Dr. Stukes' research explores vulnerability and resilience among marginalized populations. She is particularly interested in sexual minorities in disaster environments, marginalized communities in Southeast Louisiana, which includes African American and Indigenous populations in multiple disaster environments. She also is interested in lyric and video analyses as related to feminist/womanist thought, and Hip Hop feminism. All of her research is related to intersectionality in various contexts.

Dr. Stukes is working on an paper that explores the use of lyrics and video analyses of female music artists in the WGS classroom. Her previous work includes a comparative analysis of protocols for relaying COVID information between Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) and the US and Canadian Healthcare authorities and was published in The Journal of Indigenous Studies (Special Edition). "Freedom Hill is Not For Sale; And Neither is the Ninth Ward" was published in the Journal of Black Studies.

Genevieve West

West, Genevieve, PhD

Chair, Department of Language, Culture & Gender Studies; Professor, English, Rhetoric & Spanish
Florida State University
Office: CFO 906
Phone: 940-898-2324
Email: gwest@twu.edu

Dr. West teaches courses in American literature post-1865, particularly African American and women's literature.

Her research focuses on African American women in the inter-war period and the Harlem Renaissance, and she has a deep commitment to archival research and recovering lost voices.

Dr. West's current projects explore life as a department chair and the work of Marita Bonner. Her most recent volumes collect Zora Neale Hurston's short fiction in Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick (2020) and essays in You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays (2022). West's essays have recently appeared in African American Literature in Transition, 1920-1930 and Religion and Literature.

Emeritus Faculty

Kessler, Mark, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Email: MKessler@twu.edu

Core Staff

Harris, Imani

Senior Secretary
Office: WH 307H
Phone: 940-898-2119
Email: iharris1@twu.edu

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