Dr. Douglas E. Thompson
Professor of History and Southern Studies
Director of the Spencer B. King, Jr. Center for Southern Studies
- M.A., University of Virginia, 1998
- Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2003
Dr. Douglas E. 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.
Dr. Thompson’s research interests include American religious history, religious history in the American South, and automobile culture in the American South 20th-Century American history. 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.