M.A., Arizona State University
Phillip grew up in Colorado, attending Washington-Bilingual Elementary in Boulder, and thus, speaking both Spanish and English from an early age. Upon graduating from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, he attended St. Lawrence University, where he double-majored in Spanish and history, was a four-year Presidential Diversity Scholar, studied abroad in Madrid, and played four years of varsity soccer—a sport in which he earned many accolades, including Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Team, National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region Scholar, and the Liberty League’s All-Academic Team. After St. Lawrence, he played professional soccer for two years for the Cincinnati Kings and Colorado Rapids, while also working for Koshi-Baker Design Associates. He has worked many soccer camps with kids ranging from 5–18 years old. After his professional soccer career, he enrolled in graduate school at Arizona State University, where he spent the next five years studying, teaching, and writing his way to a master’s degree and completion of post-master’s course work in Spanish literature with a concentration in peninsular literature. He earned a graduate college doctoral enrichment fellowship, a graduate fellowship, and the Fosters Latin American Research Grant. Additionally, he served as the Spanish graduate association vice president, presented at multiple Spanish graduate conferences, and worked as a technical liaison between publisher Cengage Learning and the university. He also served as program organizer and Spanish instructor for the university’s study abroad program in Spain, worked as an editorial assistant for Letras Femeninas, and taught 100–300 level Spanish courses to undergraduates. He is a mid class dean, teaches Spanish, coaches boys' varsity soccer and thirds basketball, and lives on CPT3 with his wife, Sarah, and daughter.