Welcome to my homepage! On this site you will find out a little about me, about my work as an author, about my professional activities as a historian, and about the courses and students I teach.

I was born in Sweetwater, Texas and raised in Cooper, Roswell (NM), and Abilene. I graduated from Abilene Cooper High School and majored in Management at Texas A&M, where I also earned an MBA. I later returned to A&M for a PhD in HIstory.

I am in my thirteenth year at TCU. Prior to that I taught at the University of North Texas for three years, Hardin-Simmons University for two years, and Sam Houston State University for ten years. I'm a three-degree Texas Aggie, but these days I have divided loyalties between A&M and TCU. I'm just glad they don't play each other in football any more!

I was trained in the field of Southern History by my mentors Dale T. Knobel, Robert A. Calvert, and Walter L. Buenger. Most of my work has focused on the state of Texas, although I've wandered far and wide across that extensive landscape. My early work dealt with the intersection of race and politics in the South. I then took a detour of several years to go backward in time, and westward in space, to write a biography of Stephen F. Austin. A decade ago I returned to one of my early interests, Populism, and I am in the latter stages of writing a book-length history of the Texas Populist Party. In between, I have been coauthor of a college-level textbook, coedited an anthology on history and collective memory in Texas, and published a number of scholarly articles and essays.

I love my job at TCU, and I love the life of a historian. My only complaint is that there aren't enough hours in every day to do everything I want to do. I take particular pleasure in working with graduate students, and it is my great privilege to have several outstanding master's and PhD students working under my direction. You can learn more about them and their work elsewhere on this website.

I had the honor to serve as president of the Texas State Historical Association for the 2013-2014 year, and I've been a member of the TSHA board of directors for ten of the last eleven years. You will find links to the TSHA's website and other sites of interest on a separate page of this site.