Wesley Phelps, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

PhelpsPhoto_0015 1Education

Ph.D., History, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 2010

M.A., History, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 2004

B.A., Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 2000

Biography

Wesley Phelps is an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on recent United States history, the American South, the history of social and political activism, and LGBTQ history. His book, A People's War on Poverty: Urban Politics and Grassroots Activists in Houston, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2014 and has received overwhelmingly positive scholarly reviews. Portions of his research have also been published in anthologies by the University of Georgia Press and the University of North Texas Press. Phelps has also been the recipient of the Albert J. Beveridge Grant from the American Historical Association and the Moody Research Grant from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. Phelps's current research continues to focus on grassroots democracy in the urban South by looking at the politics of race and sexuality in the recent past.

Courses

Undergraduate:

HIST 1301: United States History to 1876

HIST 1302: United States History since 1876

HIST 3379: Recent America, 1945-Present

HIST 3394: America in the 1960s

HIST 3399: American LGBT History

HIST 4367: History of the American South

Graduate:

HIST 5374: Seminar in the History of the American South

HIST 5376: Contemporary America, 1933-Present

HIST 5097: History of the Reagan Era

HIST 5097: American LGBT History

Selected Publications

A People's War on Poverty: Urban Politics and Grassroots Activists in Houston (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014).

"Women's Pentagon Action: The Persistence of Radicalism and Direct-Action Civil Disobedience in the Age of Reagan," Peace and Change 39, no. 3 (July 2014): 339-365.

"National Ideal Meets Local Reality: The Grassroots War on Poverty in Houston," in Richard B. McCaslin, Donald E. Chipman, and Andrew J. Torget, eds., This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2013), 385-402.

"Ideological Diversity and the Implementation of the War on Poverty in Houston," in Annelise Orleck and Lisa Gayle Hazirjian, eds., The War on Poverty: A New Grassroots History, 1964-1980 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011), 87-109.

A People's War on Poverty: Urban Politics and Grassroots Activists in Houston: Wesley Phelps: 9780820346700: Amazon.com: Books


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