Doctoral Student, Historical Geography, Department of Geography (effective fall 2020) Department of History (2016-2019 [successfully passed history comprehensive exams 9/18/2019])

Hyman’s dissertation research took a geographical turn which resulted in the change of departments during the course of her doctoral studies.

PhD-Historical Geography; certificate-Digital Humanities, – University of Nebraska-Lincoln, expected graduation Spring 2022

MLIS online student, Digital Libraries concentration, University of North Carolina Greensboro, expected graduation December 2021

M.A., History, Virginia State University, Petersburg, 2013

Thesis: “With Great Zeal? The Social Context of Free Blacks Surviving the Confederacy”

B.A., Women’s and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2008


GIS Consultant for a global leader in public lands conservation and advocacy. For this assignment I am responsible for literature review of the geography of the Great Dismal Swamp and interviews with cultural informants  which will result in a complete database of cultural mapping layers/datapoints in the Great Dismal Swamp region. I will then coordinate with the organization’s Geographic Resource Centre Director to collaborate on a final public-facing map. (February 2020-October 2020).

*contact me directly for the name of this organization as I am contractually bound to ask permission before stating it in a public setting. This work will be used in congressional legislation hence the need for confidentiality.

Digital Projects Research Experience

GIS Historical Location Boundary Consultant–  Cornell University        Freedom on the Move

Collect and review a range of historical documents for toponymic data in order to assign spatial reference.  Provide real-world reference to scanned maps for overlay analysis with other GIS data. (fall/spring 2020/21)

Editorial Assistant- Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive

Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive Encoding and transcription of Chesnutt’s published fiction and nonfiction. This digital edition  will  contain a collection of 300 contemporary reviews of six book-length works Chesnutt published between 1899 and 1905. (2019 to present)

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (2017-present)

Walt Whitman’s AnnotationsEncoding and transcription of Walt Whitman’s Geography Scrapbook (summer 2019)

Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project Provided digitization and description while making accessible materials related to the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School.(fall 2018- spring 2019)

Early Washington, D.C, Maryland Law Family Encoding and transcription of enslaved people’s freedom petitions filed between 1780-1842 in Alexandria, VA.(2016[as volunteer] 2017/2018 as graduate research assistant)

Invited Presentations

Moderator, “Geographies of Disruption: Mapping to Make Sense of 2020’s Sociopolitical Upheaval” Indiana University Bloomington GIS Day. November 10, 2020

“Abstract|Concretize|Simplify: The Tensions of Critical GIS and Historical Geography” New Voices in DH, Day of Digital Humanities Symposium, University of Oklahoma-Norman, October 23, 2020

“Dispatches from 1842: George Thompson, Moses Grandy, and the Sociology of Knowledge” History Research Forum, Leeds-Beckett University, Leeds, UK,  October 23, 2019

“Movement and Other Translations of Landscape” Digital Dialogues Forum, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, October 30, 2018

“GIS: Challenge and Opportunity For the Humanities” Digital Jumpstart Workshop 2018, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities University of Kansas April 6, 2018

“Uncanny Projections: The Challenge and Promise of Historical GIS” DH2017 Keynote, California State University- Fullerton Digital Humanities Symposium, November 15, 2017

“GIS As a Phenomenological Bridge to Enslaved Experience” Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Digital Humanities Forum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 7, 2017

The Pursuit of Freedom in Antebellum Eastern North Carolina” Digital Humanities Symposium titled, “Mapping Movements and Memories: Global Perspectives in the Digital Humanities,” Vanderbilt University, April 3, 2017

“Reconstructing Moses Grandy’s World: The Interplay of GIS With Enslaved NarrativesHall Center Digital Humanities Seminar, University of Kansas, February 20, 2017

The Promise of Historical GIS Data for Libraries GEO4Libraries Camp, Stanford University, CA, January 30, 2017

Podium Presentations

“This Container is Empty”– Data Portability Challenges in ArcGISPro in lightning talks session. GEO4Lib Camp 2021- Stanford University February 10, 2021****event modified for online engagement due to COVID-19

“To Digitize an Old Map: Resisting Simplification” in panel Constructing Spatial Narratives: Considerations and Practices Across Communities”(panel organizer and participant), Digital Humanities 2020- Ottawa, Canada July 22-24,2020 ****event modified for online engagement due to COVID-19.

“Using Geospatial Technique to Map Fugitivity in the Great Dismal Swamp,” Omohundro Institute 2020 Conference, Williamsburg, VA June 20, 2020 ****event postponed due to containment of COVID-19

The Lure of the Ebb Tide: Charting Struggle and Promise Along Moses Grandy’s Journey to Freedom” in panel The World Maroons Made: Community, Mobility, and the Insurgency of Freedom in the Great Dismal Swamp, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora10th Biennial Conference, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. November 5-9, 2019

“A History of a Life with its Deepest Intentions: Moses Grandy’s Narrative of Enslavement” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, University of Massachusetts- Amherst. July 15-19, 2019

“Digital Reading Practices for Learning Pathways: The Digitized Slave Narrative” in panel Let’s Get Digital: Using Digital Resources in the Classroom Teachers Luncheon, Eighty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Birmingham, AL, November 10, 2018

“The Oak of Jerusalem: Flight, Refuge and Reconnaissance in the Great Dismal Swamp Region” William and Mary Quarterly-University of California-Irvine Digital Research in Early America Workshop, October 11, 2018

The Co-Articulation of Sound, Moving Images, and Archival Materials” in panel titled Cartographies of Sound and Vision,  2nd annual Moore Institute Digital Cultures Initiative Conference, Galway, Ireland, April 20, 2018

“Forms of Freedom—Tracing the Political Costs of Freedom-Making in Bondage” Organization of American Historians, Sacramento Convention Center, April 13, 2018

Deep Mapping the Enslaved Runaways of Eastern North Carolina” (panel organizer and participant) in panel Decolonizing Methodologies: Recovery and Access Amidst the Ruins Digital Humanities 2017, Montreal, Canada, August 10, 2017

Such Was My Horror of Slavery: Dread, Flight, and the Quest for Livity in the Great Dismal Swamp Shifting the Geography of Reason XIV: Theorizing Livity, Decolonizing Freedom Caribbean Philosophical Association, New York City, June 22, 2017

“Our Fervent Love for Those Still With Us: Exploring the Dimensions of Enslaved Family Networks30th Biannual Symposium on African American Culture and PhilosophyPurdue University, Indiana, December 2, 2016


“The Disappearance of Eve and Sall: Escaping Slavery in North Carolina,” October 5, 2020. Black Perspectives

“Black Scholars and Disciplinary Gatekeeping,” in Alternative Histories of the Digital Humanities edited by Dorothy Kim and Adeline Koh. Santa Barbara: Punctum, Spring 2021

“To Render a Landscape of Trauma: Deep Mapping a Historical
Landscape of Domination—The Great Dismal Swamp.” In Expanding the
Boundaries of Black Intellectual History edited by Leslie Alexander, Brandon Byrd, and Russell
Rickford. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, December 2021.

Review (Digital Tool), Recogito, an initiative of Pelagios Commons.  Reviews in the Digital Humanities. 2020

Book Review,  Slave No More: Self-Liberation before Abolitionism in the Americas. by Aline Helg. Translated from French by Lara Vernaud. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019. Florida Historical Quarterly (forthcoming issue).

Teaching Experience

Part-time Instructor, African American History Since 1877, Department of History and Political Science, North Carolina A&T State University, Fall 2021(online). 

This course explores the social, political, and cultural dimensions of African American history from 1877 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the development of racial segregation in the United States South, the Great Migration and Harlem Renaissance, race and the New Deal, African Americans and World War II, the Long Civil Rights movement, the rise of the Black Power Movement, Reagan Era, up to the Obama years.

Adjunct Instructor, Survey of the History of the United States to 1877, General Education Course, Department of History, Missouri State University, Spring/Fall 2014 and 2015.

This course covers the formation of the United States and its civilization from the Age of Discovery through the Reconstruction Era, with emphasis on the influence of the Frontier and the Native American, European and African heritages; the constitutional development of the federal government; the evolution of the nation’s economic system, social fabric and diplomatic experiences.


2020 School of Education Dean’s Award | UNC-Greensboro

2019 ESRI Federal GIS Conference|Student Assistantship, Washington, DC

2018-19 Regents Graduate Fellowship, University of Nebraska Lincoln

2017 Humanities Without Walls National Predoctoral Fellowship-  Humanities Without Walls Consortium, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

2017 American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship

2017 Digital Library Federation Fellowship

August Edgren Graduate Fellowship- University of Nebraska Lincoln

2016 Center for Digital Research in the Humanities-UNL- Digital Scholarship Incubator Fellow

Public History Experience

Great Plains United Methodist Conference Historical Center- Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Director of Archives– 9/2016-June 2019 ****resigned in protest as a result of the denial of civil rights to the LGBTQ community as demonstrated in “THE TRADITIONAL PLAN”

Guide the development of the institution’s archives and records management programs

National Park Service- Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, Nebraska

Park Guide 8/2015-11/30/2015

Visitor Services, grant writing, program implementation, event planning.

National Park Service– Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Nome, Alaska

Park Ranger   5/2014 – 8/2014

Duties included researching, developing, and presenting original interpretive programs to help visitors form emotional and intellectual connections to park resources.

National Park Service– George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, MO

Park Ranger   6/2011 – 6/2012

Develop cultural and historical programming drawing on specified interpretive themes to enliven the visitor experience and teach the public about the life of George Washington Carver.


  • ArcGIS Desktop/Online
  • QGIS
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • FinalCut Pro
  • Oxygen XML Editor


  • GEO4LibCamp 2021 Organizing Committee- member
  • Oral History Association Task Force on Oral History and Social Justice April 2020-present
  • Freedom’s Loom Universities Studying Slavery Board- Member 3/2020-present
  • Great Dismal Swamp Stakeholder Collaborative- Member, December 2019-present
  • People Not Property Slavery Deeds Advisory Committee – Member, 2016-present
  • Homecoming Network Historian: The Homecoming Network was established by Eric Anthony Sheppard, a heritage curator in Hampton Roads, VA. This is an initiative that educates the public about efforts to honor the legacy of enslaved ancestors, anti-slavery freedom fighters and restore relationships within the African descendant diaspora.
  • Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Community Engagement Committee member
  • UNL Nineteenth Century Studies Steering Committee Graduate Student Representative, Spring 2018- present


Christy Hyman is the founder of the Ricky Dawkins Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund which honors the life of her son through helping college-bound African American students financially in their effort to attain degrees in the arts.