Mary Phillips

Mary Phillips
  • Lehman College, City University of New York
  • Associate Professor of Africana Studies
  • Faculty Fellow (2021-2022)
  • "Sister Love: Ericka Huggins, Spiritual Activism, and the Black Panther Party"

Mary Phillips is a proud native of Detroit, Michigan. She is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Lehman College, City University of New York. 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 is currently working on her book manuscript, Sister Love: Ericka Huggins, Spiritual Activism, and the Black Panther Party, which is under contract with the New York University Press’ Black Power Series. Sister Love is both a critical study and a biography. It historicizes women’s prison organizing, resistance, and collision with law enforcement with critical attention to the life of Black Panther Party veteran, Ericka Huggins, one of the longest-serving women members in the organization. Phillips has published journal articles in SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, the Women’s Studies Quarterly, the Western Journal of Black StudiesSpectrum: A Journal on Black Men, and the Syllabus Journal. Outside of the academy, her essays have been featured in the Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, New Black Man (in Exile), Colorlines, Vibe magazine, Black Youth Project, and the African American Intellectual History Society’s blog, Black Perspectives. Her work has garnered media attention in the New York Historical Museum & Library Women at the Center blog series; the Detroit Free Press; BronxNet Cable Television; Bronx News 12; WBAI Pacifica Radio, New York City; and WNPR, Connecticut’s Public Media.

Phillips was the James and Grace Lee Boggs Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Wayne State University. Her research has been supported by the American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship; the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center; and the Faculty Fellowship Publication Program with the City University of New York.