Fac Phyllis SmithPhyllis Smith

Professor of History

Office: 321 Cornwell
Phone: (828) 689-1133
E-Mail: psmith@mhu.edu
Campus Box: 6764

Phyllis Smith (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1996) began teaching at Mars Hill College in 1996. She received her B.A. in journalism from the University of Houston, and her M.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her specialty is Latin American history, and her research focus is on modern Mexican history. Prior to entering graduate school, Dr. Smith worked in the communications field for eight years as a newspaper reporter for the San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, editor for the Texas Register, assistant press secretary to former Texas Gov. Mark White, and for a public relations firm in Charlotte as a media specialist. When she decided to attend graduate school in history, she chose to study Latin America because of her knowledge of and experiences in Mexico. Her dissertation examined the national press in Mexico City during the period of the Porfiriato, the thirty-fours of dictatorship by President Porfirio Díaz. Currently, Dr. Smith is writing a biography of Gertrude “Trudi” Duby Blom (1901-93), a woman of wide and varied experience both in Europe and in Mexico. Her fame is in her photography of the indigenous peoples of Chiapas, Mexico and ecological work in helping to preserve the Lacandon Rainforest.

Courses Taught

* HIS 401: Modern Latin America
* HIS 402: History of Mexico
* HIS 403: Latin American Women
* HIS 404: Pre-Hispanic & Colonial Latin America
* HIS 491: Senior Seminar
* GEO 221: World Geography
* LAA 221: Civic Life
* LAA 231: Critique: Faith & Reason