Atlanta Studies is an open access, multimedia web-based journal published by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship on behalf of the Atlanta Studies Network, which includes representatives from Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Clark Atlanta University, Kennesaw State University, the Atlanta History Center, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
We publish articles, blog posts, book reviews, and videos from the scholars, writers, artists, and activists who are writing the next chapters in our city’s story. Examining Atlanta from a wide range of perspectives, we offer thoughtful analyses of the metro region’s past and present for a public audience. We aim to be critical when addressing Atlanta’s problems and a tad boosterish when assessing its possibilities. We believe a city is no better than its scholarship, and we hope you’ll tune in and take part.
A digital publication of the Atlanta Studies Network, Atlanta Studies features innovative scholarship that takes advantage of the Internet’s capabilities to deliver audio, video, images, text, and data to facilitate new ways of organizing and presenting research. Atlanta Studies archives all of its publication materials within Emory’s Libraries and Information Technology Services (LITS) and is committed to providing a stable digital presence for content.
Articles undergo rigorous review by two members of an editorial board of experts from a wide variety of disciplines. Other materials undergo rigorous review by an editorial board member and a member of our editorial staff.
Authors retain copyright of the content they produce with limited rights granted to Atlanta Studies. Atlanta Studies is freely available to individuals and institutions. There are no charges to submit work to the journal.
Folashade Alao, Atlanta Regional Commission
Folashade Alao is the program manager for the Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) at the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). She earned her PhD from Emory University Institute of Liberal Arts. Her research focused on black women’s artistic production, spatial understanding, and memory and history embedded in Southern physical landscapes. In her current role, she designs and leads RLI, an intensive leadership program that brings together a diverse cross sector, cross regional group of leaders to learn about the key issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the metro Atlanta region through a holistic, interdisciplinary and regional lens.
Brennan Collins, Georgia State University
Brennan Collins is the Associate Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Georgia State University. The interdisciplinary nature and technology focus of these programs allows him to work with a diverse faculty in exploring inventive pedagogies. He is particularly interested in creating inter-institutional Atlanta projects and platforms to develop student critical thinking and opportunities for community engagement.
Clinton Fluker, Atlanta University Center
Clinton Fluker is the Assistant Director of Engagement and Scholarship at the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library where he supervises the Archives Research Center and the GLAM Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning. In this capacity, he develops exhibitions, programming, and scholarly projects that utilize digital platforms. Fluker also teaches in the Humanities Ph.D. program at Clark Atlanta University and is the co-editor of The Black Speculative Arts Movement: Art + Design (2019).
Daniel Horowitz Garcia, StoryCorps
Daniel is a historian based in Atlanta, Georgia, having received his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Georgia State University. Presently, he is the regional manager for StoryCorps in Atlanta. Mr. Horowitz has 20 years’ experience as an organizer including local, regional, and national campaigns focusing on labor, environmental, criminal justice, and anti-poverty issues.
Katherine Hankins, Georgia State University
Katherine Hankins is an urban geographer and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. She examines urban change and how social and spatial inequalities are expressed and contested in the urban landscape, primarily at the neighborhood scale. In her work, she’s examined both the large urban development projects that have shaped neighborhood spaces and the ways in which various actors and organizations respond to such projects, whether through everyday acts, or “quiet politics,” or through sustained neighborhood activism. She has lived and worked in Atlanta since 2001.
Edward Hatfield, New Georgia Encyclopedia
Edward Hatfield is the Managing Editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia. He has a PhD in History from Emory University and his research examines the politics of metropolitan planning in Atlanta during the latter half of the Twentieth Century.
Jesse P. Karlsberg, Emory University
Jesse P. Karlsberg, Senior Digital Scholarship Strategist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, is a scholar of vernacular American music and digital humanities publishing. Jesse is project director and editor-in-chief of the National Endowment for the Humanities–funded Sounding Spirit, a digital library and series of digital scholarly editions of songbooks of vernacular southern sacred music and project director of Readux, a platform for browsing, annotating, and publishing with digitized books.
Calinda Lee, National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Educated at Spelman College, New York University and Emory University, Calinda N. Lee is Historian for the Atlanta History Center. As a member of the center’s leadership team, she works to develop plans that inform visitor experiences in exhibitions, historic houses, historic gardens, and public programs/education.
LeeAnn Lands, Kennesaw State University
LeeAnn Lands is an Associate Professor of History at Kennesaw State University. Her research focuses on housing segregation, anti-poverty movements, and spatial inequality. Her book The Culture of Property: Race, Class, and Housing Landscapes in Atlanta, 1880-1950 (University of Georgia Press, 2009) examines the relationship between whiteness and neighborhood landscapes. She is currently completing a book-length project tentatively entitled “We’ll Be Back”: Poor People’s Movements in Atlanta, 1950 to 1980.
Marni Davis, Georgia State University
Kali-Ahset Amen, Johns Hopkins University
Rebecca Burns, University of Georgia
Joe Crespino, Emory University
Tim Crimmins, Georgia State University
Prentiss Dantzler, University of Toronto
Joseph A. Hurley, Georgia Institute of Technology
Hank Klibanoff, Emory University
Andrea Jackson, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Michael Leo Owens, Emory University
Akira Drake Rodriguez, University of Pennsylvania
Charles Steffen, Georgia State University
Lawrence Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stewart Varner, University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Wiggins, Caltech
Kerrie Cotten Williams, DC Public Library
Ben Miller, Executive Editor
Stephanie Bryan, Managing Editor
Tyler Allen Tennant, Managing Editor
Former Staff & Board Members
FORMER EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS
Barbara Combs, Clark Atlanta University
Joseph A. Hurley, Georgia Institute of Technology
Anna Joo Kim, San Diego State University
Yanni Alexander Loukissas, Georgia Tech
FORMER ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Dana White, Emory University
Ben Miller, Emory University
FORMER EDITORIAL STAFF
Adam P. Newman, Editorial Associate (2016–2017), Assistant Managing Editor (2017-2019), Managing Editor (2019–2020)
Amy Li, Editorial Associate (2019-2020)
John A. Bernau, Editorial Associate (2018–2019)
Matt Graci, Editorial Associate (2017–2018)
Clint Fluker, Editorial Associate (2016–2018)
Jesse P. Karlsberg, Managing Editor (2016–2019)
Karen L. McCarthy, Editorial Associate (2015–2016)