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Louis Hyman
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Louis Hyman

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


Louis Hyman is a historian of work and business at the ILR School of Cornell University, where he also directs the Institute for Workplace Studies in New York City. He has published two books on the history of personal debt (Debtor Nation and Borrow) and is currently completing a history of the rise of consultants, temps, freelancers, and day laborers in our businesses (to come out with Viking in 2018). A former Fulbright scholar and McKinsey associate, Hyman received his PhD in American history from Harvard University. He teaches the MOOC American Capitalism: A History through EdX and is the founding editor of the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism book series from Columbia University Press.

Teaching Statement

I teach courses in labor, business, and consumer history in both Ithaca and NYC.

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. 2018. TEMP: HOW AMERICAN WORK, AMERICAN BUSINESS, AND THE AMERICAN DREAM BECAME TEMPORARY. New York, NY, United States: Viking Books, 2018. Wendy Wolf. (300)(Accepted)
  • Louis R. Hyman. 2017. Shopping for Change: Consumer Activism in North American History. Toronto , Ithaca, Canada, United States: Between the Lines Press, Toronto, CA and ILR Press, Cornell University Press, 2017. Louis Hyman, Joseph Tohill. (~400)(Revising to Resubmit)
  • Louis R. Hyman, Edward Baptist. 2014. American Capitalism: A Reader. New York, NY, United States: Simon and Schuster, 2014. Thomas LeBien. (~300)(Accepted)
  • 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.