Danielle Dumaine, Ph.D

History

Hello! I am based out of the project-based learning programs at UNT at Frisco and hold a courtesy appointment with the Department of History in Denton. I received a BA in history from Tufts University in Massachusetts in 2012. In 2015, I received my MA from the University of Connecticut. After that, I remained at UConn, and earned my Ph.D. and a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2020.

My research focuses on the history of women, gender, sexuality, race, and capitalism. My current project examines the life and work of the poet Diane di Prima in the postwar United States. This work traces how cultural producers navigated self-commodification, economic survival, identity, celebrity, and creativity, amid the economic and cultural changes that transformed the United States after WWII. My second project looks at the relationship between feminism and capitalism, focusing on feminist credit unions, banks, and credit access. This research includes some local institutions; Dallas was actually home to the longest-running feminist credit union (it closed in 2012).

My research and teaching goals inform one another. In both, I am interested in asking questions about how groups and individuals have encountered, bolstered, and/or organized against systems of power. Throughout, I explore broad themes of community, identity, the body, and visibility.

My approach to teaching is to emphasize curiosity. I believe that where curiosity exists, critical thinking will follow. When students ask questions and actively search for answers, they are building the skills they need to identify and evaluate arguments and sources. Not only does this introduce students to the tools required to succeed in higher-level history courses, but it is also building ways of reading and thinking that they can carry into their everyday life. I believe that practicing critical reading and emphasizing the importance of tracking sources and evaluating arguments are some of the most valuable tools that historians can teach students.