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Dr. Michael Phillips


Michael Phillips is a scholar of American race relations, Texas history, right-wing politics, and apocalyptic religions.

A former journalist, Phillips eared his master’s degree in history from the University of California at Riverside in 1994. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. His dissertation, won the University of Texas at Austin Outstanding Dissertation Award and was published as White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001, That book won the 2007 Texas Historical Commission’s prize for best book on Texas history.

In 2019 he was named one of the first group of community college professors to receive a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Community College research fellowship for his project on the history of eugenics in the state of Texas. Phillips, and his wife and research partner Betsy Friauf, are under contract with the University of Oklahoma Press to write an upcoming book, The Strange Career of Eugenics in Texas, 1854-1940.

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