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Faculty: Joseph Locke

 Joseph Locke

Assistant Professor of History

Ph.D., Rice University, 2012
M.A., Rice University, 2009
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Texas at Austin, 2007

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Joseph Locke graduated from the University of Texas and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Rice University, where he studied the historical interplay between religion and American public life. He came to the University of Houston-Victoria after completing postdoctoral teaching positions at Rice and the University of Texas-Pan American, where he taught surveys of American history and seminars on academic writing, American religion, and American political movements. His work has previously appeared in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the Georgia Historical Quarterly. His first book, Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He also co-manages The American Yawp (, a free and online American history textbook developed through a free and open collaboration of university educators.

Research Interests:

The Gilded Age & Progressive Era
The American South
American Religion
Texas History

Selected Publications:

Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).

“Conquering Salem: The Triumph of the Christian Vision in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Texas,” The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 114 (January, 2012), 232-257.