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John Mohr is a PhD candidate with a focus on the history of technology. He received his BA in history and German language and culture from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. John is working on the history of the automobile with Dr. David Lucsko. He is primarily interested in automobile manufacturing in the United States, but he has also written on industrial policy, marketing strategy, business history, and consumer advocacy.
John is especially interested in the relationship between the political history of the American South and the automobile industry. He studies the history of so-called “transplant” factories: manufacturing plants in the United States owned by foreign automakers. His research focuses on the relationship between Southern states, politicians, and manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and Kia. He studies how the South’s political traditions have shaped the reorganization of the American auto industry, and vice-versa.
John is the recipient of the 2013 Richard Scharchburg Student Paper Award, presented by the Society of Automotive Historians for "The Soft Sell: Gender, Advertising, and the Chevrolet Corvair." He has conducted several conference presentations, most recently on “Globalization and the Tire Industry in Alabama” at the Southern Studies Conference at Auburn University in Montgomery, February 2017. He is a prolific contributor to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, having authored entries on Boeing, Airbus, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, and numerous others. Currently, he works as an instructor in the History Department.
Last Updated: September 14, 2017