Dr. Christy Hyman, is an Assistant Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University with a joint appointment in the Program of African American Studies. Her research focuses on African-American efforts toward cultural and political assertion in the southeastern United States region during the antebellum era as well as the attendant social and environmental costs of human/landscape resource exploitation. Hyman uses Geographic Information Systems to observe to what extent digital cartography can inform us of the human experience while acknowledging phenomena deriving from oppressive systems in society threatening sustainable futures. Her research seeks to provide evidence of the genealogies and practices of historically marginalized people’s navigational literacy. Relying on foundational black geographies scholarship, Hyman’s research is also theoretically rooted in black feminist theory, critical geography, geographies of transport, and landscape studies.