Phillip M. White received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Houston in 1974. In 1977 he earned Master of Library Science from the University of Texas.
Mr. White was a reference librarian at Texas State University, San Marcos, from 1979 to 1981. Between 1982 and 1985 he occupied the post of a reference librarian at Perry-Castaneda Library at University of Texas at Austin. Then Mr. White worked as a reference librarian at Love Library and professor of library science at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, starting from 1985 and adjunct professor of American Indian studies since 1989.
Quotations: "As a reference librarian, my job is to help others find the information they need in doing research for term papers, articles, books, and other writing projects. My next book will be a guide to the study of the Indians traditionally from San Diego County: the Kumeyaay, Dieguano, Luiseno, and Cupeno Indians. I hope to fill a gap in the literature by locating information on these neglected tribes."
Phillip M. White married Denise Lorraine Gillespie on November 1, 1979. The couple divorced on November 1, 1987.