Scholarship on Atlanta: 2021 Round Up

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

In this blog post, we highlight new scholarship on Atlanta that was published last year on topics ranging from environmental justice, art and activism, gentrification, public schools, and so forth.

Read about our city by browsing this collection of books, chapters, essays in edited collections, peer-reviewed articles, dissertations and theses about Atlanta gathered by our editorial staff with some crowd-sourced help from our followers on Twitter and Facebook. Reach out to the journal by email to contribute a citation.


Bradley, Regina. Ed. An OutKast Reader: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Postmodern South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2021.

Clark, E. Culpeper. The Birth of a New South: Sherman, Grady, and the Making of Atlanta. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2021.

Early, Mary Frances. The Quiet Trailblazer: My Journey as the First Black Graduate of the University of Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2021. 

Padgett, Martin. A Night at the Sweet Gum Head: Drag, Drugs, Disco, and Atlanta’s Gay Revolution. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2021.

Plumb, Amanda. Unique Eats and Eateries of Atlanta. St. Louis, MO: Reedy Press, 2021.

Pomerantz, Gary M. Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: The Saga of Two Families and the Making of Atlanta. Simon & Schuster, 2021. 

Rodriguez, Akira Drake. Diverging Space for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2021.

Book Chapters and Essays in Edited Volumes

Doan, Petra L. and Ozlem Atalay. Chapter 12: “After the Life of LGBTQ Spaces: Learning from Atlanta and Istanbul.” In The Life and Afterlife of Gay Neighborhoods Renaissance and Resurgence, edited by Alex Bitterman Daniel Baldwin Hess, 261–285. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2021. 

Haywood, D’Weston. Chapter 2: “Fight for a New America.” In Journalism and Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America, edited by Kathy Roberts Forde and Sid Bedingfield, 57–80. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2021.  

Kelley, Blair L.M. Chapter 10: “Silencing a Generation.” In Journalism and Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America, edited by Kathy Roberts Forde and Sid Bedingfield, 285–304. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2021. 

Smethurst, James. Chapter 3: “From Campus to Community: The Early Black Arts Movement in Atlanta.” In Behold the Land: The Black Arts Movement in the South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021. 

Smolianov, Peter, Matthew T. Bowers, and Kathy Babiak. “Atlanta 1996: Celebration of a Century.” Sport Participation and Olympic Legacies: A Comparative Study, edited by Spencer Harris, Mathew Dowling. London: Routledge, 2021.

Wilson, Mabel O. Chapter 1: “Progress of a Race: The Black Side’s Contribution to Atlanta’s World’s Fair.” In Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums, 30–83. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2021.


Allums, Coleman A., Scott N. Markley, and Taylor J. Hafley. “‘A Better Place to Be’? Black Mecca, White Democracy, and the Contradictions of Neoliberal Cityhood in Atlanta’s Black Suburbs.” Journal of Urban Affairs (Feb. 5, 2021): 1–15.  

Corrigan, Anne E., Frank C. Curriero, and Sabriya L. Linton. “Characterizing Clusters of Gentrification in Metro Atlanta, 2000 to 2016.Applied Geography 137 (Dec. 2021).

Evans, Dabney P., Shila René Hawk, and Carrie E. Ripkey. “Domestic Violence in Atlanta, Georgia Before and During COVID-19.” Violence and Gender 8 no. 3 (Aug. 25, 2021): 140–147.

Foell, Andrew, and Kirk A. Foster. “‘We Roll Our Sleeves up and Get to Work!’: Portraits of Collective Action and Neighborhood Change in Atlanta’s West End.” Urban Affairs Review (Sept. 6, 2021). 

Gallo, Steve. “Grant Park, Atlanta: An Old South Landscape for a New South City.” Southern Cultures 27, no. 2 (2021): 84–97.

Ghimire, Ramesh. “Homeownership and Community Involvement: Results from the 2019 Metro Atlanta Speaks Survey.” Housing Policy Debate 31 no. 6 (2021): 837–861.

Gittens, Rhana A. “Atlanta’s Pink Trap House: Reimagining the Black Public Sphere as an Aesthetic Community.” Theory & Event 24, no. 2 (Apr. 2021): 434–455.

Hopps, June G., Tony B. Lowe, and 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 57, no. 3 (Summer 2021): 419–31. 

Kellison, Timothy. “Enduring and Emergent Public Opinion in Relation to a Suburban Stadium District: The Case of Truist Park–Battery Atlanta.” Journal of Global Sport Management (Mar. 4, 2021): 1–21.

Kim, Mimi, Sara Goodkind, and Jennifer Zelnick. “Critical Feminist Reflections on the Atlanta Murders of March 16, 2021.” Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work 36, no. 3 (Aug. 2021): 269–71. 

McCreary, Tyler, and Richard Milligan. “The Limits of Liberal Recognition: Racial Capitalism, Settler Colonialism, and Environmental Governance in Vancouver and Atlanta.” Antipode 53 no. 3 (May 2021): 724–744. 

Meyne, Bailey. “Carrots or Sticks?: Anti-Gentrification Mechanism in Atlanta, Georgia and Berlin, Germany.” Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 49 no. 3 (2021): 585.

Milligan, Richard, Tyler McCreary, Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, “Improvising Against the Racial State in Atlanta: Reimagining Agency in Environmental Justice.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (Aug. 26, 2021).

Mims, La Shonda. “Gay Pride in the Urban New South: Politics, Neighborhood, and Community in Atlanta and Charlotte.” Journal of Urban History (Oct. 11, 2021).

O’Connell, L. Katie, and Nisha Botchwey. “From Urban Renewal to the BeltLine: Atlanta’s Use of Public Health Narratives to Reshape the City.” Journal of Planning History (Jan. 21, 2021). 

Palmer, Hannah S. “The Lake and the Landfill: In Search of Atlanta’s Lake Charlotte.” Southern Cultures 27 no. 2 (2021): 150–160. 

Raymond, Elora Lee, Ben Miller, Michaela McKinney, and Jonathan Braun. “Gentrifying Atlanta: Investor Purchases of Rental Housing, Evictions, and the Displacement of Black Residents.” Housing Policy Debate (2021): 1–17.

Rollins, Latrice, et al. “Community-based Participatory Approach to Increase African Americans’ Access to Healthy Foods in Atlanta, GA.” Journal of Community Health 46 (2021): 41–50.

Zahirovic-Herbert, Velma, and Karen M Gibler. “The Effect of Film Production Studios on Housing Prices in Atlanta, the Hollywood of the South.” Urban Studies (July 29, 2021).

Dissertations and Theses

Baker-Jones, Tauheedah. “My Ambitionz Az a ‘Rida’: Leading for Equity & Social Justice in the Atlanta Public Schools.” PhD Diss. Harvard University, 2021. 

Cofield, Rachel Sarah. “Queer Urban Space Beyond the Gayborhood: Sexuality, Gentrification, and Displacement in Atlanta.” PhD Diss. Florida State University, 2021. 

Dunder, Paul. “Baseball, with a Southern Accent: The Urban Game in the Post-Reconstruction South.” PhD Diss. University of South Florida, 2021.

Francis, Clarissa Elizabeth. “A Real Hot Girl Movement: A Social History of Pleasure Activism in Atlanta, Georgia.” PhD Diss. California Institute of Integral Studies, 2021.

Idaikkadar, Audrey. “Becoming Global in the Sunbelt South: Making a Filipino American Community in Atlanta, 1960–1990.” Master’s Thesis. Georgia State University, 2021. 

Marcus Mohall. “An Infrastructure of Freedom: Atlanta, Race, and the Struggle over Public Transportation in the Capitalist City. PhD Diss. Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, 2021.

Okotie-Oyekan, Aimée Oyinlade. “Place-Making and Place-Taking: An Analysis of Green Gentrification in Atlanta, Georgia.” Master’s Thesis. University of Oregon, 2021. 

Wooten, Mimi Jessica Brown. “From the Eastern Mediterranean to the Deep South: Ottoman Jewish Émigrés in 20th-Century Montgomery and Atlanta.” PhD Diss. Vanderbilt University, 2021.