Dr. John Mohr

Lecturer, History Modern American South


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 218
Huntsville, AL 35899
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John Mohr grew up in central Ohio. He attended Wittenberg University and graduated in 2012 with a degree in History and German. John then decided to move south to work on his Ph.D. at Auburn University in Alabama. He graduated from Auburn in 2018 with his doctoral degree in History. John specializes in the history of technology, with a focus on the American South. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the history of the globally-connected auto industry in the Southeastern U.S. John is also interested in public history, the relationship between class, capitalism, and technology, and critical theories of economic development. John is currently an Executive Director of the Society of Automotive Historians. He also has an extensive record of collaboration with the Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., History of Technology, Auburn University, 2018
  • B.A., History and German, Wittenberg University, 2012


  • Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
  • Society of Automotive Historians (SAH)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (PAT)


  • History of the automobile (production, globalization, marketing)
  • History of advertising
  • Modern American South
  • Capitalism, technology, and political power
  • Technology and social change

Recent Publications

  • “The Freeway Journey: Landscape and Mobility in the Southern Auto Industry,” Transfers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Summer 2021. 

  • "The Soft Sell: Gender, Advertising, and the Chevrolet Corvair," Automotive History Review, Spring 2020.

  • Review of Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford, Dixie be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South (AK Press, 2015), The Southern Historian, Spring 2018.

  • Review of Robert R. Ebert, Champion of the Lark: Harold Churchill and the Presidency of Studebaker-Packard, 1956-1961 (McFarland and Co., 2013), Enterprise and Society, Spring 2017.

  • Review of Gabrielle Hecht, Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade (MIT Press, 2012), Middle Ground Journal, Spring 2017.

  • Review of Kathryn A. Morrison and John Minnis, Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape in England (Yale University Press, 2012), Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 5 no 2 (Summer 2016).