Department of History

Brett Derbes

Brett Derbes

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Brett Derbes is a doctoral candidate whose academic focus is on 19th Century United States History, Southern History, and Civil War & Reconstruction under the direction of Professor Kenneth W. Noe. His minor fields are in Latin American Studies with Professor Tiffany Sippial and Archival Studies with Professor Reagan L. Grimsley. His dissertation is titled, “Prisoners Make War: The Production of Military Supplies with Inmate Labor at Confederate State Penitentiaries during the Civil War.”

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.

Brett has book chapters in Incarcerated Women (Lexington Press 2017) and Reconsidering Southern Labor History (University of Florida Press 2018) and articles published in the Journal of African American History (Spring 2013), Louisiana History (Winter 2014), and Alabama Review (April 2014).  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, July 2015), 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).

His presentations include the History Channel (2018), Southern Historical Association (2017), American Association for State and Local History (2017), American Historical Association (2017), National Council on Public History (2014), Arkansas Historical Association (2014), Alabama Historical Association (2013), Texas State Historical Association (2013), Society of Civil War Historians (2013), Alabama Association of Historians (2012), Southwestern Social Science Association (2011, 2017), East Texas Historical Association (2011), and Phi Alpha Theta (2010, 2011, 2012)

Currently, Brett is Managing Editor of the Handbook of Texas for the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) in Austin, Texas. He is married to Kimberly with a son Dominic Alexandre and enjoys listening to music and playing drums.

Last Updated: June 01, 2018