Louis Hyman

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Louis Hyman

Associate Professor
Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Labor Relations, Law, and History


Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Louis Hyman attended Columbia University, where he received a BA in History and Mathematics.

A former Fulbright scholar, Hyman received his PhD in American history in 2007 from Harvard University. His dissertation received the Harold K. Gross Prize for best dissertation in history at Harvard and the Krooss prize for best dissertation in business history nationally.

Debtor Nation was revised and based on that dissertation during a fellowship at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company

Teaching Statement

I offer courses in the history of capitalism: "intoduction to labor history" and "from wedgwood to wal-mart: the history of consumption in america"

Research Statement

Hyman's research interests focus on the history of capitalism in the United States. His current research is on the rise of temporary labor in the postwar United States and its effects on the organization of American business. He is also at work on a political history of supply chain management.

Outreach Statement

Director of the Institute for Workplace Studies.


Journal Articles

  • Louis R. Hyman. 2011. Ending Discrimination, Legitimating Debt: The Political Economy of Race, Gender, and Credit Access in the 1960s and 1970s, Enterprise & Society . 12(1):200-232.
  • Louis R. Hyman. 2008. Debtor Nation: How Consumer Credit Built Postwar America, Enterprise & Society . 9(4):614-618.


  • Louis R. Hyman. 2012. Borrow: The American Way of Debt. Vintage Books/Knopf, 2012.
  • Louis R. Hyman. 2011. Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink. Princeton University Press, 2011.

Book Chapters

  • Louis R. Hyman. 2012. Rethinking the Postwar Corporation: Management, Monopolies, and Markets,” in What's Good for Business: Business and Politics Since World War II. in What's Good for Business. Oxford University Press, 2012. Kim Phillips-Fein, Julian E. Zelizer.
  • Louis R. Hyman. 2011. American Debt, Global Capital: The Policy Origins of Securitization. in The Shock of the Global. Belknap Press, 2011. Neil Ferguson, Charles S. Maier, Erez Manela, Daniel J. Sargent.

Professional Activities

  • General Electric: From industrial to financial and back again. Presented to German Historical Institute. 2015.