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Scholarly Interest Report
Randal Hall
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of History
  • Ph.D. History (1998) Rice University, Houston, Tex.
  • B.A. History (1994) Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Primary Department
   Department of History
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 Journal of Southern History
 Houston Area Seminar in History
 Journal of Southern History
Research Areas
 U.S. Southern History; U.S. Environmental History; Economic and Business History
Teaching Areas
 U.S. South; U.S. Environmental
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles

Cymene Howe, Jessica Lockrem, Hannah Appel, Edward Hackett, Dominic Boyer, Randal Hall, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Albert Pope, Akhil Gupta, Elizabeth Rodwell, Andrea Ballestero, Trevor Durbin, Farès el-Dahdah, Elizabeth Long, and Cyrus Mody "Paradoxical Infrastructures: Ruins, Retrofit, and Risk." Science, Technology, & Human Values (December 23, 2015) : published online before print.

 Book reviews

Review of Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South. By James C. Giesen. EH.Net (sponsored by the Economic History Association), January 2013, http://eh.net/book_reviews/boll-weevil-blues-cotton-myth-and-power-american-south.

 Conference Paper

"“Frontiers with a Future: An American Soil Conservationist in the Post-WWII U.S. South and Brazil”." Rice-UNICAMP Seminar III: Crossing Places/Crossing Cultures, Rice University. (March 2015)


Panelist for session titled “Publishing De-Mystified,” Agricultural History Society, Banff, Alberta, Canada, June 2013.

 Session Chair

Moderator of session titled “Infrastructures, Materials, Geographies,” Fourth Annual Cultures of Energy Spring Research Symposium, Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Rice University, Houston, Texas, April 2015


Chair and commentator for session titled “Rural Culture,” Agricultural History Society, Lexington, Kentucky, June 2015


Commentator for session titled “Frontiers,” The First Rice-UNICAMP Seminar: Free and Unfree Labor in Comparative Perspective, Houston, Texas, April 2013.

Editorial Positions
 Editor, Journal of Southern History. Southern Historical Association. (2013 - 2015)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Kevin Smiley, Ph.D. Civic Capacity and Urban Environmental Injustice. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

 David Ponton, Ph.D. Criminalizing Space: Residential Segregation, Criminal Justice, and the Ascent of Colorblind Racism in 1950s Houston. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Keith McCall, Ph.D. In Search of Freedom: The Politics and Ideology of Black Migration in the Era of Emancipation. (2018) (Thesis Committee Member)

 William Black, Ph.D. "No Northern or Southern Religion: Cumberland Presbyterians and the Christian Nation, 1800-1906". (2018) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Hannah Biggs, Ph.D. “Regional Agrarian Modernisms: Farming Fiction and Rural Modernity in 20th-century UK and US Prose”. (2018) (Thesis Committee Member)