Josh Phillips

Josh Phillips

Ph.D. Program




Educational Background

M.A. History – Southern Methodist University, 2019
B.A. History – Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, 2012



Teacher (U.S. and World History) – Brazosport High School, 2012-2016
Teacher (U.S. and Western Civ.) – The Highlands School, 2016-2017

Research Interests:

My research interests are the Old South and the Confederacy. These interests are broad and include the intellectual, cultural, social, and military histories of Antebellum Southerners and Confederates. One area of emphasis for my studies is the various “peoples of the Confederacy” and their diverse motivations and wartime experiences. I wrote my senior thesis on Sibley’s New Mexico Campaign to examine a distinct set of Texan motivations and war aims. My dissertation concerns the alliance between the Choctaw Nation and the Confederacy and explores the increasing “Southernness” of Choctaw culture and the ways in which culture, economics, politics, and sovereignty were at play in the Choctaw/Confederate alliance.

Entered program in 2017

Regions of Study:

American South, American Southwest