Owen James Hyman

Owen J. Hyman

Owen James Hyman

ojh2@msstate.edu

Education

PhD: History, Mississippi State University

Dissertation Title: The Cut and the Color Line: An Environmental History of Jim Crow in the Deep South’s Forests

MA: History, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2012

Thesis Title: Corporate Organization and Social Control in the New South: Bogalusa, Louisiana, 1902–1980

BA: History, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2007

Academic Career

  • Instructor of Record, Early Western World, Mississippi State University, Fall 2016

    Instructor of Record, Modern Western World, Mississippi State University, Fall 2015

    Instructor of Record, History of Science and Technology, Mississippi State University, Fall 2015

    Instructor of Record, U.S. History, 1877-Present, Mississippi State University, Spring 2014

    Teaching Assistant, U.S. History, 1877-Present, Mississippi State University, Fall 2014

    Teaching Assistant, Early U.S. History, Mississippi State University, Fall 2013

    Teaching Assistant, Mississippi History, Mississippi State University, Spring 2013

    Teaching Assistant, U.S. History, 1877-Present, Mississippi State University, Fall 201

Research Interests

I am PhD candidate at Mississippi State University and a dissertation fellow at UC Santa Barbara interested in the study of labor, economics, technology, and the environment. My dissertation explores how ideas about landscape helped shape ideas about race, labor, and industrialization in the southern forest.  My work further examines the institutional effects of segregation on corporate power in southern sawmill towns, automation and labor activism in the paper industry, reforestation and the southern economy, and urban planning.

Publications

Publications:

"The Great Southern Lumber Company in Bogalusa, Louisiana, 1902-1935" Southeast     Louisiana Review 4 (Winter 2012): 6-36.

Reviews

  • Hogs, Mules, and Yellow Dogs by Jimmye Hillman, Agricultural History 89, no. 1 (Winter 2015): 134.
  • Backwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination by Richard M. Mizelle, Jr., Environmental History, 20, no. 3 (July 2015): 540-542.

  • Forestry in the US South: A History by Mason C. Carter, et al., Agricultural History 90, no. 3 (Summer 2016): 409-410.

  • Clinton, Louisiana: Society, Politics, and Race Relations in a Nineteenth-Century Small Southern Town by V. Elaine Thompson (forthcoming in Louisiana History)

Conference Presentations

Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society – November 5, 2016

“Material Culture and the Reconstruction of Black Labor in Southern Forestry”

Annual Meeting of the Agricultural History Society – June 25, 2016

"Colonization, Reclamation, Reforestation: Race and the Cut-Over Lands Problem between Two World Wars"

Business History Conference Doctoral Colloquium – March 30-31, 2016

“The Cut and the Color Line: An Environmental History of Jim Crow in the Deep South’s Forests”

Louisiana Historical Association – March 19, 2016

“African-American Intellectuals and the Cut-Over Lands Problem in Louisiana: Place and Race in the Works of Louis A. Martinet and Horace Mann Bond”

Business History Conference – June 25, 2015

“‘Why a West Coast Lumber Company Went South:’ Corporate Expansion and Civil Rights in the Deep South.”

Global Capitalism in the Global South Conference, University of Georgia – May 15, 2015

“Linking ‘South Africa to Domestic Issues’: CORE, SDS, and the Battle for Equal Employment Opportunity in Bogalusa, Louisiana.”

Annual Meeting of the American Society for Environmental History – March 21, 2015

“Measurements of Productivity: Machines, Manpower, and Race in the Southern Forests.”

Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association – November 14, 2014

“‘Intricate … and Interrelated’: San Franciscans’ Defense of Civil Rights in a Southern Paper Mill Town.”    

Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology – November 7, 2014: “The Language of Mechanization: Race and the Quantification of Labor in the Southern Forest Industries.”

Annual Meeting of the Agricultural History Society – June 22, 2014

“More Conservative than Conservationist: Tenant Forestry and Agricultural Diversification in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, 1935-1945.”

Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History – March 29, 2014

“Conservative not Conservationist: The Delta Council's Plan for Tenant Forestry in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, 1935-1945.”

Gulf South History and Humanities Conference – October 12, 2013

“Rethinking Southern Economic Discontinuity through the Forest Industries of Louisiana and Mississippi.”

Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association – March 22, 2013

“Economic Discontinuity in the South and in Louisiana: The Case of the Forest Industries.”

Southern Labor Studies Association Conference – March 8, 2013

“Spatial Divides: Labor Geography and the Great Southern Lumber Company's Program of Industrial Paternalism, 1908-1964.”

Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association – March 1, 2012

“Jim Crow Unionism and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Crown Zellerbach's Fight Against Equal Employment in Bogalusa, Louisiana.”

Gulf South History and Humanities Conference – October 21, 2011

“‘Company and Community’: Crown Zellerbach, Integration, and the Limits of Corporate Responsibility.”

Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History – April 8, 2011

“A Constructed Community: Economics, Ethnicity, and Urban Planning in Bogalusa, Louisiana.”  (Poster Session)   

Gulf South History and Humanities Conference – October 14, 2010

“The Great Southern Lumber Company in Bogalusa, Louisiana, 1906-1935.”

Honors & Awards

2017-2018 Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

2015-2016 Walter S. Rosenberry Fellowship, Forest History Society

2016 Business History Conference Doctoral Colloquium

2015 Reed-Fink Award in Southern Labor History, Southern Labor Archives, Georgia State University

2015 Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Responsibility awarded by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the Business History Conference

2012-2016 James W. Garner Scholarship, Mississippi State University

2012-2014 Mississippi State University History Department/Graduate School Fellowship

2012 Hugh F. Rankin Award for the best graduate student paper presented to the annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association

2011 William S. Coker Award for the best graduate student paper presented to the Gulf South History and Humanities Conference

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Agricultural History Society, Mississippi State University, January 2015-present

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Southeastern Louisiana University, August 2010-July 2012

Graduate Intern, Louisiana Historical Center, Louisiana State Museum, August 2011-December 2011

Professional Associations

  • Louisiana Historical Association – Membership Committee (2014-2016)
  • Louisiana Historical Association – Program Committee: 2013 Annual Meeting

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