College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Philip Burnham

Philip Burnham

Philip Burnham

Associate Professor

Philip Burnham is a teacher and a free-lance journalist/historian based on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Burnham has published in American Heritage, The Washington Post, MHQ, Transition, Emerge, The Columbia Journalism Review, and Indian Country Today. He is currently a Term Assistant Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he teaches beginning and advanced writing courses.

Burnham is the author of How the Other Half Lived: A People's Guide to American Historic Sites (1995), an investigation of the public history of American minority groups; Indian Country, God's Country: Native Americans and the National Parks (2000), an exposé of how America's public lands were wrested from North American tribes; and So Far From Dixie: Confederates in Yankee Prisons (2003), a narrative account of Civil War confinement. His work focuses on American culture, Native American history, and the role of minorities in American life today.

Burnham has taught college-level writing, literature, and history at the University of New Mexico, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Sinte Gleska College, Johns Hopkins University, and, as a Fulbright fellow, at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. He has done archival research in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and in several countries abroad.

Burnham holds an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. For further information, see his website.

Current Research

Burnham is currently working on a biography of Dewey Beard (Iron Hail), a Lakota warrior who was the last survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Selected Publications

How the Other Half Lived: A People's Guide to American Historic Sites. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1995.

Indian Country, God's Country: Native Americans and the National Parks. Washington, DC: Island P, 2000.

So Far from Dixie: Confederates in Yankee Prisons. Lanham, MD: Taylor, 2003.