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Alumnus, Dr. Michael Phillips, publishes book on race relations in Dallas politics

Wed, April 12, 2006

Phillips also won a university-wide award for Outstanding Dissertation of the Year. His dissertation dealt with the process of racial identity and the role of "whiteness"€ in Dallas politics.

His dissertation has now been updated and recently published by the University of Texas Press as White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001. Southern Methodist University Professor Craig Flournoy wrote an enthusiastic review of the book in a recent edition of The Dallas Morning News for its very significant contribution to the history of race relations and politics in the Dallas area. The book has received extensive media coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as in Austin.

Phillips is presently an adjunct professor at UT where he teaches American and Texas History for the extension education department and a "History of Journalism"€ class for the journalism department. He recently collaborated with UT professor and military historian Dr. Thomas Hatfield on a biography of Earl Rudder, a D-Day hero who served as Texas land commissioner in the 1950s and became president of Texas AandM University at a time the school desegregated and began admitting women.

He has also recently completed a manuscript with fellow UT history alum Dr. Patrick Cox. The manuscript details the history of the office of Texas House speakers and the role played by Texas speakers in state and national politics.

The Rudder biography is tentatively scheduled to be released by Texas AandM Press in 2007. The House speaker book will be released by University of Texas Press the same year.

To read Flournoy's review and more about White Metropolis. . .

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