J Conrad Dunagan Chair in Business and Regional History
Professor of History
British History/U.S. Women/Regional History
Office MB 4136
Phone (432) 552-2315
BA, Swarthmore College
MA, PhD (1969), Yale University
Research and Teaching Interests
Dr. Hinton began her career with a nineteenth-century British and European focus at Yale, and her dissertation was on the political career of the seventh Earl of Carlisle, the man who passed the first British public health act. Once she relocated from Southern Methodist University to West Texas and saw her dissertation into print, she decided to direct her research to the history of the American petroleum industry, a field in which she has published six scholarly books. In the 1980s she began to teach American women’s history at UTPB, and her research and publication now includes that area. In addition to the history of the petroleum industry, her teaching area includes British history, American women’s history, and, occasionally, Texas history.
The American Petroleum Industry; Women in Early America; Women in Modern America; Tudor and Stuart England; Great Britain since 1714; United States History to 1877; Texas History.
Dr. Hinton's most recent books are Oil in Texas: The Gusher Years, 1895-1945 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002) and Oil and Ideology: The Cultural Creation of the American Petroleum Industry (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000), both with Roger M. Olien as co-author. Her most recent article is an introduction to the Business History Review’s issue on the petroleum industry:
Diana Davids Hinton, “Introduction for a Special Issue on the Oil Industry,” Business History Review 84:2 (Summer, 2010), 195-201.
Work in Progress
Dr. Hinton has two scholarly books in progress, both under contract with university presses. She is at work on Shale Boom: The Barnett Shale Boom in North Texas, a study of the opening up of the Barnett Shale to enormous gas production and how that led to an urban gas drilling boom in the Fort Worth metroplex. In that context, the Journal of American History has asked Dr. Hinton for an article on Houston oilman George Mitchell, who is responsible for developing the technology to produce the Barnett Shale and thus made the boom possible. She is also working on a history of Texas petroleum since 1945, a study of the maturing of the industry in Texas and the impact upon it of global petroleum development.