Bob Hutton is Senior Lecturer of History and American Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 2009 after studying history at Appalachian State University in NC and George Mason University in VA.

His first book, Bloody Breathitt: Politics & Violence in the Appalachian South (2013) received awards from the Appalachian Studies Association, the Appalachian Writers’ Association, the Kentucky Historical Society (where he was also a research fellow). His current project, tentatively titled Dixie’s Detectives: The Baldwin-Felts Agency and the Building of Appalachian Capitalism, is supported by the Jonathan G. Utley History Support Fund and the Mining History Association. Two of his recent essays were included in  Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power (2018), and the upcoming Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy  from West Virginia University Press. More of his essays have appeared in The Tribune (UK), Jacobin, and the Society of US Intellectual History blog.

He is an active member of the United Campus Workers (Communication Workers of America, Local 3865).

Upcoming Classes with Bob Hutton

February 8 @ 6:00 pm

The “Southernization” of America: What Progressives Can Learn from the US South

This panel of academics who both live and work in the South will help activists, organizers, and concerned citizens better understand the struggles and triumphs of the region. With Keri Leigh Merritt will open with a talk focused on economics. Hilary Green will then discuss education, Bob Hutton will concentrate on labor and unionization, and Booker Mattison will talk about the importance of the arts in the South.
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