AAAS Professor to Discuss Erica Huggins and the Black Panther Party in Upcoming Talk

March 11, 2013 2:21 pm African and African American Studies Dept

Assistant Professor Mary Phillips

Assistant Professor Mary Phillips (AAAS) will explore activist Ericka Huggins’ role in the Black Panther Party, and how she influenced the Party’s views on gender conventions in her upcoming talk, titled “A Catalyst in the Evolution of Gender Politics in the Black Panther Party.” The talk, which is free and open to the community, will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 221 of Carman Hall.

A native of Detroit, Professor Phillips holds a Ph.D. in Black Studies from Michigan State University. Her dissertation, “Sister Revolutionaries: The Leadership of Ericka Huggins and Elaine Brown in the Black Panther Party,” focused on women as intellectuals and how they have reconstructed meanings of black power.

Through her research, Professor Phillips reveals that Huggins was more than a participant in the Black Panther Party—she was instrumental in the development and creation of her own understandings of Black power and the status of women in the Party.

Professor Phillips has written a number of articles, including “Black Studies: Challenges and Critical Debates,” published in The Western Journal of Black Studies, vol. 34, no. 2 (2010). She contributed the book chapter “Black Hair Politics in White Academia: With Reference to Black Studies” in Integrated but Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space (Trenton and Asmara: Africa World Press, 2012).

Professor Phillips’s other research interests include Black power studies, research methods, Black Women’s Studies, and Black feminism.

For more information on this event, call 718-960-1160.