Douglas Allen

PhD Program

Bellamy 312


B.S. History (emphasis in African American history), Troy University, 2011
M.A. History of Race Ethnicity and Society, Columbus State University, 2014

Research Interests

Cultural geography, historical geography, race and place, critical race theory, whiteness studies, Identity, memory, education and schools

Research Activities

My past research has included the construction of race and place within the US South by Neo-Confederate heritage groups (Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy) through the erection of grave markers and researching the construction of black identity in the post-Civil War era by Booker T. Washington through music, particularly Negro Spirituals.

My current research includes how race mediates our experiences and consumption of place, culture, and landscape, particularly how this mediation shapes the way we construct, portray, and view our identities and the identities of others, and researching the impact of school attendance zone boundaries on the segregation, desegregation, and re-segregation of American public schools.

Selected Publications

Allen, Douglas. The Neo-Lost Cause Commemorative Landscape: (Re)writing Southern Identity through a Whitewashed Neo-Faithful Slave Myth. Social & Cultural Geography, (In Review)

Selected Presentations

Allen, Douglas. (2018). Performing an Alternative Vision of Race and Place: FAMU’s Homecoming as a Temporary Claim of Space and Re-Articulation of Place. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, New Orleans, LA.

Allen, Douglas. (2017). Performing a Black Sense of Place: Place-Making and the FAMU Marching 100. Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers, Starksville, MS.

Allen, Douglas, Mary Lawhon, and Joseph Pierce. (2017). Performative Place-Making: Claiming Space and Expressing Alternative Visions of Race and Place. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Boston, MA.

Allen, Douglas. (2016). ‘We are a New Race’: Washington’s Use of Music in the Placing of a New Negro Image. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, CA.

Courses Taught

GEO1400 Human Geography (in-class, online)
GEA1000 World Regional Geography (online)
GEO 4930 Spec. Topics: Historical Geography
GEO 4421 Cultural Geography