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 MA in history from SMU in 2019 and his BA in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Broadly, his interests are primitive American religions, race and economics, violence and resistance, identity creation and rejection, religion and politics, Native American history and Texas history.  His dissertation will explore how Mormon sects and the Stone-Campbell movement formed and rejected identity when operating on the margins of Federal and State control in nineteenth century United States and Mexico. 

Outside of school, Ashton is participating in Leadership CSISD (College Station Independent School District)  as a way to better acquaint himself with the processes and needs of his children’s school district.  He also augments his daughter and son’s history education.  His interests are getting into trouble with his kids, conversing with his wife, fishing, cooking, camping, and reading books purely for enjoyment (he has a vague memory of doing that once before Graduate School).  Ashton’s favorite author is Cormac McCarthy, because he likes his fiction historically-informed, dark, and heartbreaking.