Scholarship on Atlanta: 2019 Round Up

Here at Atlanta Studies we’re interested in scholarship on every aspect of the city, region, and its history – including writing published elsewhere.

In this blog post we’re highlighting new scholarship on Atlanta that was published in 2019 on topics ranging from the history of the Gulch to the equity issues around our city’s tree canopy.

Read up on our city by browsing this collection of books, essays in edited collections, and peer reviewed articles about Atlanta gathered by our editorial staff with some crowd-sourced help from our followers on Twitter and Facebook.


Morrison, Jeffrey. Atlanta Underground: History From Below. New York: Globe Pequot, 2019.

Patton, Randall L. Lockheed, Atlanta, and the Struggle for Racial Integration. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019.

Robinson, Shani and Anna Simonton, None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2019.

Essays in Edited Collections

Bester, Nia D. and Andrea D. Lewis, “Politics, Implementation, and Impact of the Atlanta Compromise” in Unsung Legacies of Educators and Events in African American Education, edited by Andrea D. Lewis and Nicole A. Taylor, 111-119. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Davis, Tomeka, Deirdre Oakley, and Shanae Stover, “School Closings . . . Atlanta Style: The Convergence of Poverty, Segregation, and Achievement” in Shuttered Schools: Race, Community, and School Closures in American Cities, edited by Ebony M. Duncan-Shippy, 57-90. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2019.


Altaher, Arwa M. A., Joyce F. Clapp, and Selima Sultana. “Residential Settlement Patterns among Immigrants in Atlanta Metropolitan Area, Georgia.” Geographical Review 109, 3 (2019): 321–55.

Bradley, Regina N. “An Experiment in Teaching OutKast and the Hip Hop South.” South: a scholarly journal, 50, no. 2 (2019): 105-113.

Crespino, Joseph. “Things That Don’t Fit.” Southern Cultures 25, no. 3 (2019): 8-13.

Davis, Marni. “Toward an “Immigrant Turn” in Jewish Entrepreneurial History: A View from the New South.” American Jewish History, 103, no. 4 (2019): 429-456. https://doi:10.1353/ajh.2019.0046.

Debbage, Neil and J. Marshall Shepherd. “Urban Influences on the Spatiotemporal Characteristics of Runoff and Precipitation during the 2009 Atlanta Flood.” Journal of Hydrometeorology 20 (2019): 3–21.

DeBray, Elizabeth. Johanna Hanley, Janelle Scott & Christopher Lubienski. “Money and influence: philanthropies, intermediary organisations, and Atlanta’s 2017 school board election.” Journal of Educational Administration and History (2019).

Fabregat, Eduard and Farooq A. Kperogi. “White Norm, Black Deviation: Class, Race, and Resistance in America’s “Postracial” Media Discourse.” Howard Journal of Communications 30, 3 (2019): 265–83.

Hopps, June G., Tony B. Lowe & Obie Clayton. ““I’ll Find a Way or Make One”: Atlanta University and the Emergence of Professional Social Work Education in the Deep South.” Journal of Social Work Education (2019).

Hunter, Candis M., Dana H. Z. Williamson, Melanie Pearson, Eri Saikawa, Matthew O. Gribble & Michelle Kegler. “Safe community gardening practices: focus groups with garden leaders in Atlanta, Georgia.” Local Environment (2019).

Immergluck, Dan, Jeff Ernsthausen, Stephanie Earl & Allison Powell. “Evictions, large owners, and serial filings: findings from Atlanta.” Housing Studies (2019).

Jarrett, Charles. “Black Internal Migration and Inter-racial Socioeconomic Inequality in Atlanta and Other Metropolitan Areas: Has It Changed in the Past 35 Years?” The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology 11, 1 (2019).

Karner, Alex and Richard Duckworth. “‘Pray for transit’: Seeking transportation justice in metropolitan Atlanta.” Urban Studies 56, 9 (2019): 1882–1900.

Lanyi Charles, Suzanne. “The financialization of single-family rental housing: An examination of real estate investment trusts’ ownership of single-family houses in the Atlanta metropolitan area.” Journal of Urban Affairs (2019).

McDaniel, Paul N., Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, and Jordyne Krumroy. “From Municipal to Regional Immigrant Integration in a Major Emerging Gateway: Creating a Community to Plan a Welcoming Metro Atlanta.” Papers in Applied Geography 5, 1–2 (2019): 140–65.

Peretz, Tal. “Why Atlanta?: a case study of how place produces intersectional social movement groups.” Gender, Place & Culture (2019).

Pierce, Joseph and Katherine B. Hankins. “The City as “Dissonant” Fetish: Urban (Re)production, Gentrification, and the Conceptual Limits of Commodity Fetishism.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 109, 5 (2019): 1529–40.

Rodriguez, Darlene Xiomara, Paul N. McDaniel, and Gianni Bisio. 2019. “‘FU’: One Response to the Liminal State Immigrant Youth Must Navigate.” Law & Policy, 41, 1: 59–79.

Rodriguez, Iliana Yamileth. “Listening to el Southside: Kap G’s Southern Mexicanidad.” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History 16, 3 (2019): 95–101.

Rotenstein, David S. “The Decatur Plan: Folklore, Historic Preservation, and the Black Experience in Gentrifying Spaces,” Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 132, No. 526 (Fall 2019): 431–51.

Shelton, Taylor and Ate Poorthuis “The Nature of Neighborhoods: Using Big Data to Rethink the Geographies of Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit System,” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 109, 5 (2019): 1341–61.

Shelton, Taylor and Thomas Lodato. ”Actually existing smart citizens: Expertise and (non)participation in the making of the smart city.” City 23, 1 (2019): 25–52.

Smith-Sitton, Lara, Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, and Paul N. McDaniel. 2019. “When Local Community Writing Initiatives Crashed into White House Public Policy: ‘Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School’.” Spark: A 4C4Equality Journal 1, 1.

Sriram, Shyam K. “Of acculturative stress and integration distress: the resettlement challenges of Bhutanese refugees in Metro Atlanta.” South Asian Diaspora (2019).

Wiggins, Danielle. ““Order as well as Decency”: The Development of Order Maintenance Policing in Black Atlanta.” Journal of Urban History (2019).

Woo Koo, Bon, Nico Boyd, Nisha Botchwey, and Subhrajit Guhathakurta. “Environmental Equity and Spatiotemporal Patterns of Urban Tree Canopy in Atlanta.” Journal of Planning Education and Research (2019).