Christy Hyman

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Graduate Student History christy@huskers.unl.edu (402) 472-2414 612 Oldfather Hall
JOINED DEPARTMENT

2015

BIO

Christy's work wrestles with the societal and ideological tensions in defining freedom within the United States south during the nineteenth century. Specifically, her work highlights African American efforts toward cultural and political assertion in the Great Dismal Swamp region and adjacent communities in North Carolina during the antebellum period. Building on the work of archaeologists, historians, and novelists, her work maps the experiences of enslaved runaways and laborers who were exposed to the Great Dismal Swamp.  By examining African Americans who navigated the “traumascapes” inherent in the institution of slavery within the eastern North Carolina areas adjacent to the swamp, Christy's study sheds light on the common values, aspirations, culture and economic systems of a people relegated to the margins of society.

SERVICE
  • UNL Graduate Student Association – History Department Representative – 2015-present
  • UNL Graduate Student Association – Diversity Committee Co-chair – 2016-217
  • UNL Department of History Research Committee – Graduate Student Member – Fall 2016
  • People Not Property Slavery Deeds Working Group – Member – 2016-present
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
  • 2017 Humanities Without Walls National Predoctoral Fellowship – Humanities Without Walls Consortium, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
  • August Edgren Graduate Fellowship – University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Center for Digital Research in the Humanities-UNL – Digital Scholarship Incubator Fellow – 2016
  • National Park Service STAR Award – January 2012
DIGITAL MEDIA/BLOGGING
CURRICULUM VITAE

EXPERTISE

19th Century US South