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 history textbook published in print by Stanford University Press in 2019. He teaches courses in the history of Texas, the U.S. South, and the U.S-Mexico borderlands.