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Department of African and African-American Studies at Lehman College

Faculty - Mary Phillips

Mary Phillips Mary Frances Phillips (BS, Michigan State University; MA, The Ohio State University; Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Lehman College. Her interdisciplinary research agenda focuses on race and gender in post-1945 social movements, and the carceral state. Her research areas include the Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Black Feminism, and Black Power Studies. She was selected as a 2021-2022 award recipient for a faculty fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame and the American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship in 2018-2019.

Her book manuscript, Sister Love: Ericka Huggins, Spiritual Activism, and the Black Panther Party (under contract with New York University Press’ Black Power Series) is both a critical study and biography of Black Panther Party veteran Ericka Huggins, one of the longest-serving women members in the organization. Her book historicizes women’s prison organizing, resistance, and collision with law enforcement of women political prisoners.

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Office: Carman Hall, Room 289 
Rank: Associate Professor

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Selected Recent Publications

The Power of the First-Person Narrative: Ericka Huggins and the Black Panther Party. Women¹s Studies Quarterly: The 1970¹s, 43 (3 & 4) Fall/Winter 2015: 33-51.

The Feminist Leadership of Ericka Huggins in the Black Panther Party. Black Diaspora Review, 4 (1) Winter 2014: 187-218.

Black Hair Politics in White Academia: With Reference to Black Studies. In Integrated but Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominantly White Space, edited by Mark Christian (Trenton and Asmara: Africa World Press, 2012): 93-104.

Black Studies: Challenges and Critical Debates. The Western Journal of Black Studies, 34(2) Summer 2010: 273-277.