Judd H. Burton, Ph.D.



Judd Burton has had a life-long passion for human culture.  He grew up in Merkel, Texas with the Bible in one hand and National Geographic in the other.  Be it the American Indians and pioneers from his home town's past, the ancient people's of the Old World, or the ever-changing and expanding modern peoples, Dr. Burton has found himself at home amongst the myriad cultures of the human race.
Dr. Burton is an anthropologist and historian with a broad range of experience in these fields.  He has a PhD in history, with a focus in religion, a BA in history from Hardin-Simmons University and an MA in anthropology with a minor in history from Texas Tech University. 
As a historian, Judd Burton has considerable research experience.  He has published numerous articles and presented research in several conference venues such as the Southwest/Texas Popular Cultural Conference, The Mosaic of Texas Culture, the Texas Tech University Anthropological Symposium, and the Texas Medieval Association Conference.  While most of his experience is in the history of religions, early Christianity, Roman religion, the Roman Empire, the Church, hearth religions, and Early Modern Europe, Dr. Burton also has a strong background in Texas history, Western history, American history and oral history.  In addition to these, Dr. Burton has training in genealogy, and worked as a historian and genealogist for the Gowen Research Foundation from 2000 to 2003.
His anthropological experience includes ethnographic and ethnological work amongst various cultural and subcultural groups such as church congregations, Neopagans, Hawaiians, and persons relevant to archaeological investigations.  Dr. Burton has also participated in numerous archaeological investigations including Banias (Caesarea Philippi), Israel, the Presidio San Saba in Menard, Texas, the Cross L site in Roberts County, and survey of various sites in Lampasas County, Texas.  He has performed volunteer work in typology in museums such as the Texas Tech University Museum, the Texas Tech University Archaeology Lab, and the Window on the Plains museum in Dumas, Texas. 
Judd Burton is also an award-winning teacher. He has taught courses in Dual Credit/AP U.S. History, Mythology, and the Humanities.  He has also taught U.S. History, Anthropology, and the Humanities for Amarillo College, as well as Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology for West Texas A&M University.
Judd lives with his wife Kelly in Amarillo.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, playing guitar, travel, and reading, when he is not teaching or working on research.