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Terrell Orr

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Terrell Orr is a PhD candidate studying the US South from a global perspective. He is particularly interested in how capitalist transformations of agriculture, from emancipation to the Green Revolution, have divided and united farmworkers and growers in the US South, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

His dissertation research focuses on labor and capital in Florida and São Paulo’s intertwined citrus industries and will be supported by the SSRC's Mellon IDRF and the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship, with an affiliation at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas. He has an article published in Southern Cultures (Winter 2019) on the United Farm Workers' organization of Florida grove workers during the 1970s and ‘80s and has presented his research at conferences of the American Historical Association, the Agricultural History Society, the Labor and Working-Class History Association, and Harvard University's CON-IH.


Albert J. Beveridge Grant, American Historical Association, 2022.

John Higham Research Fellowship, Organization of American Historians, 2022.

Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Research Award, Willson Center, 2021.

Global South Research Grant, Tulane University, 2021.

Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship, American Society for Environmental History, 2021. 

Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, Fulbright-Hays, 2020.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship, SSRC, 2020.

Study/Research Award, Fulbright IIE, 2020, declined.

Tinker Field Research Grant, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, 2019.

Dean's Award, Graduate School, 2019.

Graduate Student Research Assistantship, Graduate School, 2017-2021.

Selected Publications:

Review of American Mirror: The United States and Brazil in the Age of Emancipation, by Roberto Saba, Agricultural History, vol. 97 (May 2023): 329–331.

"Mechanical Harvesting, Globalization, and the Fate of Citrus Farmworkers in Florida and São Paulo, 1965–1985," International Labor and Working-Class History, vol. 102 (Fall 2022): 76-93.

Review of Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire, by Ismael García-Colón, New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, vol. 95 (2021): 134-135.

"'Now We Work Just as One': The United Farm Workers in Florida Citrus, 1972–1977," Southern Cultures, vol. 25 (Winter 2019): 140-157.


MA, University of Central Florida, History, 2016.

BA, University of Central Florida, History & Political Science, 2013.

Of note:

History of Capitalism Summer Camp, Cornell University, 2021. 

Organizer, Capitalist South: Graduate Student Conference in the History of Capitalism, Willson Center, 2020-2021.

William Jennings Bryan Award, Department of History, 2019.

Organizer, History of Capitalism Reading Group, Department of History, 2017-2020. 

Gov. LeRoy Collins Award, Florida Historical Society, 2017.

Events featuring Terrell Orr
320 LeConte Hall

Terrell Orr, PhD Candidate in History at UGA, will discuss his paper, "Growing Conflict: Phosphate, Labor, and Capital on a Southern Frontier." Participants should come having reading the paper. To receive a copy, email

via Zoom

Terrell Orr will take his oral doctoral comprehensive examinations via Zoom. The Major Professor is Dr. Cindy Hahamovitch. Members of the university community are invited. If you wish to attend please contact the graduate program office in history at least 4 days in advance to ensure remote access.

Articles Featuring Terrell Orr

BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Organization of American Historians (OAH) today announced that Terrell James Orr, University of Georgia, is recipient of an OAH 2022 John Higham Research Fellowship,…

Doctoral student Terrell Orr's review of the recent book Hog Wild by journalist Lynn Waltz was published this week on the Virginia Pilot.

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