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Brett J. Derbes
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-CivWar
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Black History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies
Brett Derbes is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Doctoral student whose academic focus is on 19th Century United States History, and Civil War & Reconstruction under the direction of Professor Kenneth W. Noe and Professor Kelly Kennington. His minor fields are in Archival Studies with Professor Reagan L. Grimsley, and Latin American Studies with Professor Tiffany Sippial. He is a founding member and current President of the Auburn Civil War Society (ACWS), which formed in Fall 2011.
In 2007 Brett earned a Bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in secondary education from the University of North Texas. In 2011 he received a Master's degree in history from the University of North Texas under the direction of Professors Richard G. Lowe, Randolph B. Campbell, and Richard B. McCaslin. His thesis, “Prison Productions: Textiles and Other Military Supplies from State Penitentiaries in the Trans-Mississippi Theater During the American Civil War,” investigated wartime manufacturing at prison workshops in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.
In 2010 as an intern for the Texas State Historical Association he contributed Confederate Texan officer biographies and unit histories to the Handbook of Civil War Texas Online. In 2012 during an internship with the Encyclopedia of Alabama he researched and authored biographies of notable Alabama Representatives to Congress.
In its Fall 2013 issue, The Journal of African American History will publish, “Secret Horrors: Enslaved Women and Children in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, 1833-1862”. Louisiana History will publish, “Prison Productions: Textiles and Other Military Supplies at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in the Trans-Mississippi Theater during the American Civil War,” in its January 2014 issue.
Brett has presented papers at the Phi Alpha Theta North Central and Northeast Texas Regional Conference in 2010 and 2011, East Texas Historical Association Annual Meeting in 2011, Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting in 2011, Phi Alpha Theta Alabama Regional Meeting in 2012, Auburn University Annual Phi Alpha Theta Colloquium in 2012, Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Academic Conference in 2012, and the Alabama Association of Historians Annual Meeting in 2012. He presented papers at the Texas State Historical Association Annual Conference and the Alabama Historical Association Annual Conference in 2013.
He has reviewed books for the H-NET Online (March 2012), Alabama Review (August 2012), Arkansas Historical Quarterly (Autumn 2012), Southwestern Historical Quarterly (October 2012, January 2014, April 2014), Journal of Southern History (November 2012), Military History of the West (April 2013), Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians (Summer 2013), and Civil War History (March 2014).
Brett worked as a substitute high school teacher for several public school districts in North Texas prior to becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of North Texas.