Louis Hyman

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Louis Roland Hyman (born 1977) is an American writer and economic historian. He is an assistant professor at Cornell University's School of Industrial & Labor Relations.


After growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, where he attended McDonogh School, Hyman attended Columbia University in New York City. He graduated with a BA in history and mathematics.

Hyman was a 1999–2000 Fulbright Fellow at the University of Toronto, during which time he studied Canadian history.[1]

In 2007, Hyman earned a PhD in American history from Harvard University.


Hyman revised his doctoral dissertation into a book during a fellowship at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The result, titled Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink, was published by Princeton University Press in 2011.[2] Choice named it one of the top 25 "Outstanding Academic Titles" for 2011.[3]

Hyman has served as a consultant for global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.[4] His writings have appeared in such publications as Enterprise & Society,[5] Reviews in American History,[6] CNBC,[7] Wilson Quarterly,[8] and the New York Times.[4][9]

His second book, Borrow: The American Way of Debt, which explained how American culture shaped finance and vice versa, was published in 2012.[10]

After spending time as a lecturer at Harvard,[11] Hyman now works at Cornell University's School of Industrial & Labor Relations, where he is an assistant professor in the Labor Relations, Law, and History department.[12] He continues to conduct research on the history of American capitalism. He also teaches an EdX massive open online course (MOOC) called "American Capitalism: A History".

Personal life[edit]

Hyman currently resides in upstate New York with his wife, the novelist Katherine Howe.[13]



  • Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink (2011)
  • Borrow: The American Way of Debt (2012)
  • American Capitalism: A Reader (2014) with Edward E. Baptist



  • "American Debt, Global Capital." The Shock of the Global. Harvard University Press. (2010)
  • "Rethinking the Corporation." What's Good for Business: Business in Postwar: Business and Politics in Postwar America. Oxford University Press. (2012)


  1. ^ "Program Resources – U.S. Student Grantees". Us.Fulbrightonline.Org. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "Hyman, L.: Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink". Press.princeton.edu. January 24, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Choice Reviews Online". Cro2.org. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  4. ^ a b http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/directory/lrh62/biography.html
  5. ^ http://z3950.muse.jhu.edu/journals/enterprise_and_society/summary/v009/9.4.hyman.html
  6. ^ http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/directory/lrh62/publications.html
  7. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/id/45360127/This_Holiday_Season_Lay_off_the_Layaway_Author
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Hyman, Louis (October 11, 2011). "Wal-Mart's Layaway Plan". The New York Times.
  10. ^ http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/books/borrow-by-louis-hyman-life-and-debt-1.3482227
  11. ^ http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9431.html
  12. ^ http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/directory/lrh62/
  13. ^ "Weddings/Celebrations; Katherine Howe, Louis Hyman". New York Times. June 29, 2003.

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