Christy Hyman

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow


Christy Hyman is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Freedom on the Move at Cornell University in the Department of History and Assistant Professor of Human Geography (on leave) at Mississippi State University. She uses Geographic Information Systems to observe how critical geography can inform us of human/interspecies experience while acknowledging phenomena deriving from oppressive systems. 

Christy has two book projects: The first, The Cultural Heritage Resilience of the Great Dismal Swamp is under contract with Hamilton Books an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield. Her other book project, The Jerusalem Oak: Mapping the Counter-Cartographies of Freedom and Struggle in the antebellum United States South argues that enslaved people‚Äôs conception of space remapped the landscape of southern society that influenced, then set the stage for a surveillance apparatus that defined the place of African-descendent people in the years following Emancipation. Additionally, a co-edited book project on the history of  human-environmental dimensions of the Bobolink is in development with ornithologist, Frederic Beaudry.

A native of Laurinburg, North Carolina, Christy is now based in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.