Doug Thompson

Douglas E. ThompsonDoug Thompson

Associate Professor of History and Southern Studies

Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2003
M.A., University of Virginia, 1998
Langdale 304

Research Interests

American religious history, religious history in the American South, and automobile culture in the American South Twentieth-Century American history.


HIS 165 Problems in American History
HIS 210 Twentieth Century World
HIS 359 United States in the Global Era, 1940-2001
HIS 362 The New South
HIS 363 African American History
Dr. Thompson joined the history department after a thirteen year teaching career in a variety of interdisciplinary studies programs at Mercer University. He continues to teach in the Great Books sequence.  A recipient of the 2009-2010 Spencer B. King, Jr. Distinguished Professor Award, Dr. Thompson enjoys the classroom and helping students understand the interpretative moves that historians make while practicing their craft. In 2013 he became the Editor of the Journal of Southern Religion
His current project, “Richmond’s Priests and Prophets” is in the final revision stage with a university press. The work explores the various responses religious leaders in Richmond, Virginia, gave to both the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and the political opposition to desegregation known as massive resistance. Dr. Thompson is also working on a series of articles that explores how automobile culture altered the American South.