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 Associate 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; So Far From Dixie: Confederates in Yankee Prisons (2003), a narrative account of Civil War confinement; and Song of Dewey Beard: Last Survivor of the Little Bighorn, a biography of a Lakota warrior. 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.
Burnham is currently working on a biography of an American Indian boarding school student who went on to become a teacher, lawyer, politician, and tribal advocate.
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.
Song of Dewey Beard: Last Survivor of the Little Bighorn. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.