Louis Hyman

Louis Hyman

Louis Hyman is an associate professor in the labor relations, law, and history department at the ILR School of Cornell University, where he teaches courses on the history of labor, business, consumption, and management. His research focuses on the history of American capitalism, particularly the intersection of the government and the market in everyday economic practice. A former Fulbright scholar and McKinsey consultant, he is the author of Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink (2011), which focuses on the history of the political economy of debt and was selected as a Choice Top 25 outstanding academic book, and Borrow: The American Way of Debt (2012), which explains how American culture shaped finance and in turn how finance shaped culture. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Wilson Quarterly, Bloomberg, CNBC, and other media outlets, as well as in essay collections. He teaches the EdX mooc, "American Capitalism: A History," and is the founding editor of the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism book series. Currently he is working on a book entitled, "Temp: The Deep History of the Gig Economy," to be published in 2018.

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  • Entrepreneurs of the New Deal
  • The Origins of the Gig Economy
  • How Did We Get in Debt?