Department of History

Jason Hauser

Jason Hauser Instructor

Office Hours

  • Monday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.


Before coming to Auburn, Jason Hauser served as an editor and program evaluator for the Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in History from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. in History from Mississippi State University. In addition to teaching at Auburn, Dr. Hauser also serves as the book reviews editor for Environmental History.


Dr. Hauser’s research concerns the relationship between ideas and ecology in the American South. His current project, By Degree: A History of Southern Heat (under contract with the University of Georgia Press), looks at how climatic thought shaped understandings of human diversity. Arguing that the idea of heat proved as consequential for the south and the nation as high temperatures, Hauser finds that throughout American history, fears of the region’s climate undergirded racial thinking in ways that disproportionately exposed African Americans to environmental dangers. 


Ph.D. Mississippi State University (History)

M.A. Appalachian State University (History)

B.A. Appalachian State University (History)

Representative Publications

  • By Degree: A History of Southern Heat (forthcoming)
  • “'Scarce fit for anything but Slaves and Brutes’: Climate in the Old Southwest, 1798-1855,” The Alabama Review 70, no. 1 (April, 2017). 
  • “’A Golden Harvest’: Gold Mining and Agricultural Reform in North Carolina, 1799-1842, Agricultural History 91, no. 4 (Fall, 2017). (Winner of the Everett E. Edwards Award for best article submitted to Agricultural History by a graduate student for a two-year period.) 

Last Updated: January 16, 2020