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Dr. Phillips-Cunningham interviewed regarding Roe vs. Wade decision

In the hours after the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade, Texas Woman's University's Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham was interviewed by several Dallas-Fort Worth television and radio stations.

Phillips-Cunningham pens article on Quakertown for Washington Post

TWU Women’s and Gender Studies scholar Danielle Phillips-Cunningham co-authored an analysis and history of Quakertown for the Washington Post. The article was written with Ms. Alma Clark (94 years old) and Ms. Betty Kimble (90 years old), who have been leading the documentation of Quakertown, a thriving community that formerly enslaved people established in Denton after Juneteenth.

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham featured in 'Denton Record Chronicle' interview

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Program Lead of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, speaks to the Denton Record Chronicle about TWU’s upcoming Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies bachelor's degree and what it can mean for students.

Graduate Highlight: Esther Ajayi-Lowo (MA '18, PhD '21)

Esther Ajayi-Lowo is receiving her Ph.D. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies this December. Her achievements have been hard-fought and hard-won. As a full-time student and mother of three, she often juggled scholarly work with graduate teaching assistantships while also engaging in leadership and community service projects. 

TWU LCGS remembers Women's Studies, Rhetoric alumna Dr. Paula (Denny) Kent (1983-2021)

The TWU Department of Language, Culture & Gender Studies is mourning the loss of Dr. Paula (Denny) Kent, who passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 10, 2021, at Providence Healthcare Center in Waco. Paula worked very hard to enhance her educational background and received both a Master's Degree in Women's Studies and a Doctorate Degree in Rhetoric from Texas Woman's University. Paula currently worked as an associate professor at Texas State Technical College in Waco. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a Scholarship Fund for her children, Bruce and Harley. A visitation was held Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West.

Read the full obituary or share a memory on her tribute wall.

First edition of the TWU MWGS newsletter, 'Body Language: Our body of works,' available now

"Body Language: Our body of works," is the first edition of the Department of Language, Culture and Gender Studies (LCGS) Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Program's collaborative and interactive newsletter.

We hope you will join us in celebration of our faculty, staff, student and alumni accomplishments, projects, collaborations and collective commitment to social justice and scholarly activism.

Download and read "Body Language: Our body of works" today.

Veronica Popp, Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham co-author Nannie Helen Burroughs article for 'Gender Forum'

Veronica Popp, a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and MWGS certificate student, co-authored an article with Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham titled “Nannie Helen Burroughs and the Descendants of Miriam: Rewriting Nannie Helen Burroughs into First Wave Feminism.” It was published on September 10, 2021, in Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies, Special Issue: Early Career Researchers VIII, 79 (2021): 58-78.

Dr. Phillips-Cunningham pens op-ed in 'The Washington Post' celebrating Black women who fought for labor rights

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Program Lead of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, published an op-ed in The Washington Post about the history of Black women’s labor organizing in recognition of Labor Day. Phillips-Cunningham marks the 100th anniversary of the National Association of Wage Earners, launched by activist and educator Nannie Helen Burroughs, in "On Labor Day, we remember the Black women who helped win labor rights."

PhD candidate Foluso Oluade inspires natural hair confidence and body positivity in digital hair salons

Foluso Oluade, a doctoral candidate in MWGS, is working on a dissertation project about Black women and digital hair salons. She has her own YouTube channel and has gained over 3,700 followers. Foluso recently spoke on panels about the connections between Madame C J Walker and Black curl artists. 

Subscribe to Foluso's YouTube Channel, "Fo Adunni"

Watch panel video: "Partnering With A Pro: Gaining Clarity On Your Natural Hair Journey"

Watch panel video: "Black Tight Curl Artists Rock"

Foluso can also be found on Instagram @fo_adunni_

PhD candidate Pallavi Govindnathan featured in Women and Their Work exhibition

Work by TWU MWGS doctoral candidate, artist and activist Pallavi Govindnathan is featured in the Women & Their Work gallery's inaugural exhibition, "We Know Who We Are. We Know What We Want." Her video, Perennial Annal, will be on display in Austin, Texas, through Sept. 21.

Doctoral candidates participate in [Wo]Mentoring program, diasporic Vietnamese artists panel


Gabriella Sanchez with her WoMentor, Josie Méndez-Negrete.

Gabriella Sanchez (pictured left with mentor Josie Méndez-Negrete), a doctoral candidate in MWGS, was accepted into the [Wo]Mentering in Graduate Education Program for her project entitled “Conocimiento in Action: Exploring and Executing the Publication Processes through Concimiento Press, LLC.” While participating in this two-year program, she will work with a mentor and lead TWU workshops in the areas of diversity and leadership. She will also submit an article manuscript for publication each year.

Kathy Nguyen, a doctoral candidate in MWGS, was invited to speak on a panel entitled “Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) Memory & Identity” this summer. She joined a panel of emerging scholar-activists, artists, writers, and directors who are shaping public knowledge about memory and the Vietnamese diaspora.


Texas Woman’s graduate student receives second International Peace Scholarship

Elizabeth Timothy, a master’s student in the Texas Woman’s University Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Program, has been awarded the Philanthropic Educational Organization’s prestigious International Peace Scholarship for the second year in a row. Timothy’s award will allow her to continue pursuing her studies at TWU and develop two projects that support underserved women in Kenya.


Dr. Phillips-Cunningham teaches first TWU-Spelman College cross-listed course

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Program Director, taught a new course about labor in the spring semester. It was entitled “Covid-19 & Black Workers: Race, Gender, and Labor.” It was also the first cross-listed course between TWU and Spelman College (a historically Black women’s college founded in 1881 in Atlanta, Georgia).

Agatha Beins discusses the job market for MWGS grads with recently interviewed Associate Professor Agatha Beins, PhD, on what recent graduates can expect from today's job market. "Because WGS and ethnic studies graduates are well-trained to analyze power within institutions, they are ideal candidates for positions within such programs, as well as within human resources more generally. It is also important to note the growing creative economy, which encompasses careers in areas like fine arts, media, advertising, and public relations," Beins said. "These fields are especially amenable to people with interdisciplinary training in cultural and media literacy, which WGS and ethnic studies provide."

New issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom now available

We are thrilled to announce that the latest issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom, published through the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University.

Issue 10.2 opens with the special feature “When Class Time Is Screen Time,” which joins the pedagogical conversations about education during the pandemic. FFC Editorial Assistant Shamethia Webb introduces this group of short essays that centers the experiences of students as learners. The film reviews in this issue give us much to consider when constructing our syllabi and activities for students. Several reviews offer a more “meta” perspective about how we know what we know, guiding us through films about the importance of scientific and media literacy, as well as how our sources of information may arrive with powerful biases—all topics that feel especially salient in the current moment.

Additional films explore the different scales at which people grapple with the intersection of social, cultural, political, and economic forces through topics such as worker rights, public school education, LGBTQ+ communities, recording and remembering histories, religion, refugee experiences, and reproductive justice.

Doctoral candidate Shamethia Webb authors introduction to FFC special feature

MWGS doctoral student Shamethia Webb wrote the introduction to the special feature "When Class Time Is Screen Time" published in the spring 2021 issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom. Writing from the perspective of a student and an educator, Shamethia offers a powerful pedagogical framework for understanding these student essays about the ways that screens have mediated their learning experiences.

Alumna, faculty co-author yoga in college classrooms article

MWGS PhD program alumna Dr. Audrey Lundahl and Dr. AnaLouise Keating co-authored an article, “Embodied Pedagogies for Transformation: Bringing Yoga Strategies into College Classrooms,” that was published in The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry. They argue We argue that "incorporating a yogic pedagogical approach in college classrooms, specifically classrooms that cover issues of race, gender, sexuality, and violence, allows an instructor and thus their students to focus on embodiment and specifically how our bodies hold physical and psychological wounds of oppression while creating new methods to understand oppression more deeply."

Dr. Keating speaks, consults on lessons for transformation

Recently Dr. AnaLouise Keating gave a talk, “Moving beyond the Status-Quo: Post-Oppositional Frameworks for Transformation,” and served as a consultant for the Irish Sexualities and Gender Research Network’s Spring Seminar series. And, she had an article, “Nepantla Lessons for Transformation,” published in Ofrenda Magazine.

Dr. Phillips-Cunningham accepted into the inaugural Second Book Institute in African American/Black Studies at Georgetown University

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham is writing a book about the labor organizing history of African American educator Nannie Helen Burroughs. She was recently accepted into the inaugural Second Book Institute in African American/Black Studies at Georgetown University. The Institute provides support for tenured associate professors who are completing a second monograph in preparation for their promotion to the rank of full professor. Whereas a range of first book institutes currently exist to assist assistant professors complete their first books, similar professional support for associate professors developing their second monographs remains scarce. The Second Book Institute fills this gap by providing associate professors with a range of resources that are designed to help them progress through the book writing process.


Phillips-Cunningham discusses book, research in NYU series and Rutgers talk

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, MWGS Program Director, was a featured speaker in the Black, Brown, and Green Voices Series at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House. She engaged in a conversation with Dr. Miriam Grey (founder of the series) about the comparative labor histories of southern Black women and Irish immigrant women.

Phillips-Cunningham also delivered a book talk moderated by Dr. Naomi Williams of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.

Veronica Popp and Dr. Phillips-Cunningham co-author Nannie Helen Burroughs article

Veronica Popp (doctoral candidate in Rhetoric) and Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham (MWGS Program Director) co-authored an article entitled “Justice for All: The Womanist Labor Rhetoric of Nannie Helen Burroughs” published by Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Popp is first author on this article, which is a labor organizing of African American educator Nannie Helen Burroughs. In the article, Popp and Dr. Phillips-Cunningham document Burroughs’ historic efforts to establish the first national labor union for Black women.

Elia Tamplin accepts director position, will begin mental health MA studies

Dr. Elia Tamplin, graduate of the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Coordinator of Experiential Learning, was accepted into Marymount University’s M.A. Program in Clinical Mental Health. They will also begin a new position as Director of Education and Membership at the University of Washington’s School of Psychiatry.

They will be missed, and we wish them well!

PhD candidate Esther Ajayi-Lowo accepts faculty position at Spelman College

Esther Ajayi-Lowo, doctoral candidate in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Comparative Women’s Studies (CWS) Program at Spelman College.

Spelman is a private liberal arts college that was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1881. It was the only school in the nation that welcomed women from across the African Diaspora. Currently, Spelman is one out of only two historically black colleges for women, and it is home to the very first program in WGS at an HBCU and the first Black women’s archive at a college.

Esther is an expert on reproductive justice with a focus on maternal health issues among Nigerian women. She will contribute significantly to the development of the health concentration of the CWS undergraduate major program. 

The program is housed in the Women’s Research and Resource Center where scholars and grassroots organizers from around the world come together to engage in feminist theorizing, pedagogy, and institution building. The director and faculty of CWS are looking forward to Esther joining this expansive community and becoming their colleague in the fall. 

TWU alumni Rikki Willingham and Sharmeen Jariullah launch 'Gray Matters' blog

"Gray Matters the Blog" was created on the impetus to bridge academia and activism by two TWU students and alumni, Rikki Willingham, who received her M.A. in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies in 2019 and is currently working on her Ph.D. in the program, and Sharmeen Jariullah, who received her M.A. in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies in 2020. Gray Matters the Blog utilizes a website-based blog and podcast platforms to contribute to the digital humanities. The goal of Gray Matters the Blog is to make complex theory accessible, prompt conversations about uncomfortable topics, and provide tangible resources while centering disenfranchised voices and experiences. Gray Matters is an inclusive space for all backgrounds and abilities, examples of which are the episode transcripts available on the website and alternate text available on the website and social media pages. The website specifically features pages explaining different epistemologies and showcases the works of various literary and creative perspectives. Utilizing both a podcast and blog format, the audience has options in the ways they wish to connect with complex theories while social media provides broad-reaching access.

Gray Matters Website // Anchor Podcast // Apple Podcast // Spotify Podcast // Instagram

National Endowment for the Humanities awards grant to TWU faculty

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that it awarded a Humanities Connections Grant of $99,426 to Texas Woman’s University. The grant will support the very first interdisciplinary and experiential learning initiative to integrate the history of Quakertown into courses at TWU. It will also enable the future development of a digital humanities archive of Quakertown-related research and reflection, which the project co-directors aim to connect to a public platform that will promote community engagement with Quakertown’s history for decades to come.

Doctoral student Chelle Luper Wilson isn’t just preserving history, she’s making it

Historian, speaker, entrepreneur and social justice activist Chelle Luper Wilson is no stranger to the limelight, and her activism was recognized when she was awarded the 2020 National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award. The honor, named after the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is given to a journalist who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their community.

Phillips-Cunningham publishes 'Washington Post' op-ed

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Program Director, recently published an op-ed in The Washington Post. "The long history of Black women organizing in Georgia might decide Senate control" chronicles the ways in which Black women in Georgia have shaped local and state politics for more than a century. Phillips-Cunningham's work is supported by the Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership and the OpEd Project's Public Voices of the South fellowship program.

Feminist print culture and storytelling symposium co-hosted by professor Agatha Beins

A feminist print culture and storytelling symposium co-hosted and co-organized by TWU MWGS professor Agatha Beins, PhD, in collaboration with Beth Currans from Eastern Michigan University, was held Nov. 6, 2020, and attracted participants from across the nation. During "Critical Border Crossings: Stories, Texts and Their Feminist Travels" panelists explored traditional and indigenous stories, mass-market fiction, scholarly work, and ephemera to illuminate the politics and processes of storytelling and publishing.


Philips-Cunningham receives 2020 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, Associate Professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, was recently awarded the 2020 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History from Georgia State University.

Phillips-Cunningham will deliver a presentation at GSU on her project, titled “’We Aren’t Aunt Jemima Women’: The History of Domestic Worker Organizing in Atlanta, Georgia.” The Reed Fink Award will also support Phillips-Cunningham’s research of the Dorothy Bolden Collection at GSU’s Southern Labor History Archives.

Bolden established the National Domestic Workers’ Union of America in 1968. She also worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr., US House Representative John Lewis, Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, and US President Jimmy Carter to organize working-class Black women into the largest voting bloc in Georgia’s history. Her legacy lives on through Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight organization, The National Domestic Workers Alliance, and other organizations that challenge voter suppression today.

Doctoral student recognized for outstanding achievements in journalism

Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies PhD candidate Chelle Luper Wilson (MA ‘19) is the recipient of the 2020 National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award.

Wilson’s column, “Wordz of Wilson,” can be found in the Garland Journal, Texas Metro News and I-Messenger Magazine. Her writing explores the relationship between historical and current events at the intersection of race, class and gender. She also founded the Clara Luper Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the memory of her mother, the preservation of African American history and culture, and the implementation of public service and academic programs.

Wilson will be formally recognized at the NABJ’s virtual awards ceremony Dec. 19.

TWU professor wins national book prize for history of women, race and labor

Texas Woman’s University associate professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., is the recipient of a 2020 National Women's Studies Association's (NWSA) Sara A. Whaley Book Prize. This year, the NWSA committee selected only two winners out of a nationwide pool of applicants.

TWU Board of Regents approves emeritus status for Mark Kessler, PhD


Headshot of Prof. Emeritus Mark Kessler

The Texas Woman's University Board of Regents approved emeritus status for Dr. Mark Kessler earlier this month. Kessler retired from the TWU MWGS faculty in 2020, after twelve years of teaching political science and multicultural women’s and gender studies and following twenty-five years of teaching politics and American cultural studies at Bates College. He is the author of Legal Services for the Poor: A Comparative and Contemporary Analysis of Interorganizational Politics, co-author of The Play of Power, and author of numerous articles in scholarly journals, including Law & Society Review, American Bar Foundation Research Journal (now Law & Social Inquiry), Judicature, Administration & Society, and Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice. During his time in multicultural women’s and gender studies, he thoroughly enjoyed working with graduate students on their research and teaching courses in research design, methods of research, critical race theories, and feminist jurisprudence.

PhD candidate Marcella Clinard awarded Student Research Grant for project


Marcella Clinard, an MWGS doctoral candidate, recently received a Student Research Grant for her project titled "Intersections of Religion and Race in Women's and Gender Studies: Possibilities for Teaching Introductory Courses." She will also present her research project at the annual Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium.

MWGS doctoral candidates host anti-racist workshop for English instructors


Carla Wilson and Esther Ajayi-Lowo, MWGS doctoral candidates, co-facilitated an anti-racist pedagogy workshop for instructors in the First-Year Composition program. "The Black Lives Matter movement that garnered much-needed attention to issues of race in our society and in our education system this summer called our attention to many concerns that we as educators and administrators wanted to address. We also recognized, however, that we had much to learn, especially from our Multicultural Women and Gender Studies colleagues in regard to race in the classroom," said Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D., Director of the FYC Program.

"We began by identifying one of our ongoing professional development events as an opportunity to really focus in on how FYC instructors might make their classrooms--both online and hybrid--a safer space for students of color... I can attest to the fact that these two (Wilson and Ajayi-Lowo) poured hours of their time, energy, and emotional labor into developing a 2-hour long training that supported our instructors in so many ways, including but not limited to creating a welcoming space for all students; becoming more comfortable discussing race, privilege, oppression, white supremacy and intersectionality; and even offering example materials and assignments to give our instructors ideas for their own teaching praxis. Their commitment to liberatory pedagogy challenged and inspired us, and I hope we can invite them or other MWGS instructors back in the spring so that we might continue having these important conversations."

Phillips-Cunningham named a 2020 Public Voices Fellow for the South

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, was recently accepted into the incoming cohort of 2020 Public Voices Fellows for the South, a partnership of The OpEd Project, Morehouse College, the Advancing Black Strategists Initiative, Yale, Northwestern, and The University of Texas in Austin. The one-year fellowship is focused on creating a cohort of thought leaders in the arena of social justice (racial, gender, economic and beyond) representative of the South. Her participation in the fellowship program is also supported by the Institute for Women’s Leadership. 

Doctoral student Morgan May accepts Sierra Canyon School faculty position


Morgan May, a doctoral student in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, recently accepted a faculty member position in the Sierra Canyon School’s Department of World Languages and will also serve as coordinator of the school's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Sierra Canyon is a private and coeducational day school located in the Los Angeles, California neighborhood of Chatsworth. 

The hiring committee announced that Morgan “made an indelible impression on all of us as she is clearly passionate about issues surrounding social justice, equity, and inclusion, supporting diverse learners, and world languages and culture.” She will also lend her expertise from her “doctoral coursework and research interests in multicultural curriculum, intersectionality, feminist and womanist scholarship, human rights, and social justice” to Sierra Canyon’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Morgan will assume her new position while completing the MWGS doctoral program and serving as co-president of the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Student Association.

Phillips-Cunningham presents at launch of Advancing Black Strategists Initiative


Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, delivered a presentation about southern Black women’s labor organizing at the launch of The Advancing Black Strategists Initiative (ABSI), a joint project between Jobs With Justice Education Fund, The Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Workers Initiative, and Morehouse College’s International Comparative Labor Studies Department. The goal of ABSI is to develop and advance policies that support the collective power-building of working people in the South. Co-panelists included William Spriggs, Howard University professor, chief economist to the American Federation of Labor-CIO, and economic adviser to democratic candidate Joe Biden, and Marc Bayard, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative.


Phillips-Cunningham presents at national women's voting organization event

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, delivered a presentation about the history of Black women’s political organizing from slavery until the present at Together Digital, a national women’s voting organization dedicated to accelerating the advancement and growth of women in technology professions.

Meet Esther Ajayi-Lowo: A one-woman army in the fight for reproductive justice

Doctoral student Esther Ajayi-Lowo is giving a voice to the diverse perspectives of marginalized women through teaching, research and advocacy. Her dissertation, “Decolonizing Childbirth: Women, Traditional Birth Attendants and Reproductive Justice in Nigeria,” explores the significance of indigenous birthing knowledge and women’s socio-cultural and spiritual birthing standpoints for reproductive justice in her home country of Nigeria.

Feminist activist donates archives to Texas Woman’s University

Feminist activist Marcia Niemann recently gifted her personal archives to the Texas Woman’s University Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies and Blagg-Huey Library Woman’s Collection. The Marcia Niemann Feminist Activism Collection will include court testimonies, music records, protest buttons, signs and rare books related to the women's movement from the 1970s-1990s.

TWU's Esther O. Ajayi-Lowo awarded AAUW International Fellowship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded its 2020–21 International Fellowship to Esther Oluwashina Ajayi-Lowo of Denton, Texas. Ajayi-Lowo is a doctoral scholar in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University.

Say Her Name! PhD student Chelle Wilson participates in panel about women and the Black Lives Matter movement

Phillips-Cunningham awarded grant to research educator, labor activist

Texas Woman’s University associate professor of multicultural women’s and gender studies Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., was recently awarded a Franklin Research Grant in the amount of $6,000. The grant will support her ongoing Library of Congress research into the previously unexamined life of Nannie Helen Burroughs, a philosopher, educator, religious leader and civil rights activist.

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, publishes article, receives research award

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham recently published an article entitled “Slaving Irish ‘Ladies’ and Black ‘Towers of Strength in the Labor World’: Race and Resistance in Domestic Service.” The article appeared in the May 2020 special issue of the Women’s History Review entitled “Women, Work, and the State.” Download a pdf of the full article>>

Phillips-Cunningham also received the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library’s 2020-2021 Travel Research Award to conduct archival research on domestic worker activism lead by African American women from Atlanta, Georgia.

Christina Bejarano, PhD, featured on NPR's "Every 30 Seconds"

“So, the hard part with the presidential campaigns, and even just all party campaigns, is that they tend to not realize the potential of the Latino vote and realize how they need to strategically mobilize them,” said Christina Bejarano, Ph.D., professor and chair of the TWU Department of Multicultural Women and Gender Studies.

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, awarded grant for Nannie Helen Burroughs research

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, was awarded an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant in January 2020 to conduct research of the Nannie Helen Burroughs papers at the Library of Congress. In 1909, Burroughs established the largest trade school and junior college for African American women in Washington D.C. during the early twentieth century. In 1919, Burroughs became the first African American woman to help establish a national labor organization specifically for African American domestic workers.

New issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom available now

The latest issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom, published through the Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies at TWU, is now availableThis issue of FFC offers an exciting collection of tools for educators. In addition to a wide variety of film reviews, issue 9.2 highlights the Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) with two interviews, one featuring festival Director Harry Eaddy and Director of Film Programming Linda Eaddy and another with Eboni Johnson, director of the DBFF Institute. 

Keating interviewed for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls Gloria E. Anzaldúa profile

AnaLouise Keating, Ph.D., TWU Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies professor and the editor of Gloria’s last book, Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality, shared in a conversation with shift7 that it was precisely because Gloria was marked by difference that she grew to challenge the categories of “different.”

Associate professor Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham’s book now available through Rutgers Press


Associate professor Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham’s new book, Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers, is now available through Rutgers University Press. Download the official press release (PDF).

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, and Morgan May awarded grant for Nannie Helen Burroughs research

Students from the National Trade School for Women and Girls circa early 1920s.

Students from the National Trade School for Women and Girls circa early 1920s. With permission from Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.


Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., and Morgan May were awarded a TWU Creative Arts and Humanities Grant in December 2019. The grant will support their research of the Nannie Helen Burroughs papers at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Burroughs was an educator, clubwoman and civil rights activist who established the National Trade School for Women and Girls, the largest trade and general education school for southern migrant Black women in the early twentieth century. She also co-founded the National Association of Wage Earners (1921), the first national Black women’s labor union, and The Worker (1912), the first Black women’s national and international labor periodical in global history. Phillips-Cunningham and May’s research will document these historic labor initiatives, and explore how they can serve as important context for women’s political organizing today.

Agatha Beins, PhD, shares AIDS Quilt expertise in LGBTQ speaker series

Agatha Beins, Ph.D., an associate professor and director of the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Master’s Program, will be the featured speaker at the Resource Center and the Dallas Way's LGBTQ Speaker Series next week. Beins will talk about the content of the quilt and the paths it offered for people to learn about HIV/AIDS and to build community. 

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, authors comparative history of African American and Irish workers

Associate professor Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham’s forthcoming book, Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers, will be available through Rutgers University Press December 13, 2019. Phillips-Cunningham's book offers a labor history of 19th and early 20th-century Irish immigrant and US southern Black migrant domestic workers and recently was featured on the Black Agenda Report’s Book Forum.

Graduate student Jessica Camp among 10 national emerging leaders in academic advising

Jessica Camp, TWU Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies M.A. student and coordinator of academic transitions at the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, is one of only 10 administrators in the nation selected for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) – The Global Community for Academic Advising’s 2019-2020 Class of Emerging Leaders.

New MWGS chair brings insight and expertise in Latina politics and leadership

Christina Bejarano, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized author, speaker and adviser on Latina electoral politics and political candidates in the U.S. Her work focuses on the role of women in politics, particularly how women of color shape and influence the electoral environment as voters and candidates.

MWGS graduate art activism course inspires new community collective

Karen Bravo and Marie Butler met in while taking Art, Activism, and Social Justice with Dr. Agatha Beins. They learned about art activism and began collaborating on ideas of how they can use their artistic talents to create and inspire change. As a result, they formed Denton Fiber Collective with TWU Assistant Professor of Art, Design & Technology Julie Libersat. Denton Fiber Collective’s artwork will be featured in upcoming Denton Pride celebrations.

Read the story at Denton Record-Chronicle >>

TWU student Elia S. Tamplin wins national advising research award

Texas Woman’s University doctoral candidate Elia S. Tamplin has received the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Student Research Award for their presentation, "Research on Women-of-Color Professional Experiences in Higher Education." Tamplin will be recognized with a plaque and a one-year membership at NACADA’s annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky October 20-23.

TWU hosts first Faculty of Color writing workshop

Associate professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., co-organized the TWU's first writing workshop for faculty of color with the Psychology and Philosophy Department's Gabrielle Smith, Ph.D., and Sally Stabb, Ph.D. The organizers' goal was to provide a critical source of professional support for assistant and associate level professors undergoing the tenure and promotion process. This inaugural workshop took place May 13-17 and was co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and Deans of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Professional Education.

Clockwise from top left: 1) Panelists, workshop participants and two co-organizers (Gabrielle Smith and Danielle Phillips-Cunningham) at the
Clockwise from top left: 1) Panelists, workshop participants and two co-organizers (Gabrielle Smith and Danielle Phillips-Cunningham) at the "Navigating Identity at TWU" panel discussion. 2) Closing speaker presentation, "Negotiating Identity in a National Context," delivered by Kevin Cokley, Ph.D. 3) "Navigating Tenure and Promotion at TWU" panel discussion.

PhD candidate Esther O. Ajayi-Lowo awarded Kiwanis scholarship

Congratulations to Esther O. Ajayi-Lowo, TWU MWGS Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching assistant, who recently received a $1,000 Kiwanis scholarship award.

Doctoral student Kathy Nguyen wins award for exceptional, original scholarship


TWU Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies doctoral student Kathy Nguyen was selected by the Research Committee of the Graduate Council as a recipient of the 2019 Graduate Council Award for Exceptional, Original Scholarship. Kathy will be recognized and present aspects of her research at the Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium in a session entitled "Showcase of Student Research" on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Kathy Nguyen pictured between MWGS’ Interim Chair Dr. Mark Kessler and Associate Professor Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham.
Kathy Nguyen pictured between MWGS’ Interim Chair Dr. Mark Kessler and Associate Professor Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham.

MWGS and WSGSA host reproductive justice fair and panel discussion

The TWU Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies (MWGS) and the Women’s Studies Graduate Students Association (WSGSA), in collaboration with TWU Global Connections, held a two-in-one campus-wide reproductive justice event commemorating International Women’s Day 2019. These events, a reproductive justice fair and a reproductive justice expert panel, were held on TWU’s Denton campus on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

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Agatha Beins receives Honorable Mention in 2019 RSAP Book Prize

Associate professor Agatha Beins' book, Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity, has been selected for Honorable Mention by the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) Book Prize.

"The breadth and scope of Liberation in Print is impressive. The work expertly incorporates theory with a rich primary archive. It is written in a nuanced and seamless manner that offers important insights on 1970s feminism for both periodical scholars and the general reader," said Mark J. Noonan, professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY.

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