Joseph Locke

Joe Locke

Joseph Locke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
History Program Coordinator
Phone: (361) 570-4292

Joseph Locke specializes in the history of the American South and Southwest in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He graduated from the University of Texas and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Rice University. His first book, Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He also co-created The American Yawp, a free and online American history textbook forthcoming in print from Stanford University Press in spring 2019. He teaches courses in the history of Texas, the U.S. South, and the U.S-Mexico borderlands.

Research Interests:

  • The Gilded Age & Progressive Era
  • The American South
  • American Religion
  • Texas History
  • U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Selected Publications:

Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion (Oxford University Press, 2017).

The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook, Volumes I & II, Co-Edited with Ben Wright (Online; Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2019 [forthcoming]).