Ashton Reynolds

Ph.D. Program


Educational Background

MA in History, Southern Methodist University
BA in Theology and Philosophy, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor


Ashton Reynolds is a PhD student at SMU. He received his BA in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Broadly, his interests are evangelicals, race and economics, violence and resistance, Native American history, religion and politics, and Texas history. His thesis examines the relationship between black and white Baptists and Methodists in Reconstruction Texas. Outside of school, Ashton uses his research to assist his church’s Racial Reconciliation ministry and to supplement his daughter’s meager history education at her school. His interests are getting into trouble with his kids, conversing with his wife, fishing, cooking, camping, and reading books purely for enjoyment. Ashton’s favorite author is Cormac McCarthy, because he likes his fiction historically-informed, dark, and heartbreaking.