Alumnus, Dr. Michael Phillips, wins Texas Historical Commission Book Award
Posted: April 18, 2007
The book award, granted by the Texas Historical Commission, honors the best books published on Texas history annually, with a panel of judges choosing from 34 nominations this year. Two other authors, James L. Haley and Roberto Trevino, also received the T.R. Fehrenbach Award at the THC's Annual Historic Preservation Conference from April 12-14.
Dr. Phillips received his PhD from the history department in 2002, also receiving two awards for his dissertation, which was published in a revised form as White Metropolis by the University of Texas Press in 2006. The book explores the complex dynamics of race relations in Dallas, revealing how city leaders used the concept of "whiteness" to cement their own power while marginalizing and dividing racial minorities.
Dr. Phillips is currently an adjunct professor in UT's extension education and journalism departments, and has also collaborated with other UT scholars on a history of Texas house speakers and on a biography of former Texas A and M president Earl Rudder.
Texas Historical Commission
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