James B. McSwain Ph.D.

Department of History & Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
E-mail: jmcswain@mytu.tuskegee.edu 
Office Phone: 334-727-8200
Office Location: John A. Kenney Hall, Rm 70-108

Research Fields:
  • Risk, Hazards and Disasters in Historical Context
  • Petroleum Industry on the Gulf Coast
  • 19th C Fire Insurance and Petroleum Hazards
  • Riparian Rights on Alabama Gulf Coast
  • Risk Management, Vulnerability Studies

Professional Activities:
  • Life member, The Bibliographic Society, London, England
  • Elected Member of Board of Directors, Gulf South History & Humanities Conference, 2009-2012
  • Book Review Editor, Gulf South Historical Review, 1988-1997
  • Book Reviews in History: Reviews of New Books, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Journal of Mississippi History, Georgia Historical Quarterly, Albion, Perspectives on Political Science, Alabama Review, EH-Net, Pacific Historical Review, Enterprise & Society, Journal of Southern History and the Canadian Journal of History
Biographical Sketch:
Dr. James B. McSwain received his Ph.D. from Memphis State University in 1986. Current research on the risk management of petroleum addresses how four Gulf South municipalities—Houston, Galveston, New Orleans and Mobile—used their police powers to devise public policies to regulate the storage and distribution of fuel oil, 1901-2012. He is currently completing a book manuscript on this topic under a contract from Louisiana State University Press.

Representative Publications:
1. James B. McSwain, “Fire Hazards and Protection of Property: Municipal Regulation of the Storage and Supply of Fuel Oil in Mobile, Alabama, 1894-1910,” Journal of Urban History 28 (#5 July 2002): 599-628.

2. James B. McSwain, “Urban Government and Environmental Policies: Regulating the Storage and Distribution of Fuel Oil in Houston, Texas, 1901-15,” Journal of Southern History 71 (#2 May 2005): 279-320.

3. James B. McSwain, “Gushers, Reservoirs, and Pipelines: Tracing Houston’s Rise to Energy Prominence,” Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston 79 Summer 2009, pp. 34-35.

4. James B. McSwain, “To Antique and New Lands: Travels ‘Without’ as Journeys Within,” Gulf South Historical Review 7 (#1 Fall 1991): 80-92