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Department of History & Geography

Doug Tompson

Department Chair / Associate Professor

Doug Tompson


Dr. Doug Tompson
Position: Associate Professor
Office: Yancey Center 354
Phone: 706-507-8354

Office Hours

Fall 2020
By appointment


Ph.D., University of Florida
M.A., University of Utah
B.A., Northwestern University

Specialty Area

Latin and Central America, Race and Race Relations


Dr. Doug Tompson is the Department's Latin American historian. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Florida in 2001. In recent years he has led study abroad programs to both Belize and Cuba. Dr. Tompson also served as the chair of the History and Geography Department from Fall 2016 through Spring 2020. 

Tompson teaches courses in Latin American History as well as World History, including:

  • Slavery in Latin America
  • Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • Latin America and The United States
  • Colonialism and Resistance on Film
  • Commodities and Consumption in World History
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Food in World History

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Tompson has conducted archival research in Guatemala’s Archivo General de Centro América, as well as the Archivo Nacional de Honduras in Tegucigalpa.  His research focuses on Central America in the 18th and 19th centuries, and examines the institution of slavery as well as questions of race, ethnicity, and national identity.  He is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled The Limits of Nationhood: Region and Ethnicity in the Formation of Honduras and Nicaragua.

Dr. Tompson’s publications include:

  • "'If You Were White, I Would Kill You and Eat You': An Episode of Racial and Imperial Politics on the Mosquito Coast, c. 1800," which was published in a Spanish-language volume entitled Los Afrodescendientes en la Sociedad Centroamericana: Historia y Cultura, edited by José Heriberto Erquicia & Rina Cáceres (San Salvador, El Salvador: Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador, 2017).
  • “Between Slavery and Freedom on the Atlantic Coast of Honduras,” in the journal Slavery & Abolition 33:3 (September 2012).
  • "The Establecimientos Costeros of Bourbon Central America, 1787-1800: Problems and Paradox in Spain’s Occupation of the Atlantic Coast," in a collection entitled Politics, Economy, and Society in Bourbon Central America, 1759-1821, edited by Jordana Dym & Christophe Belaubre (University Press of Colorado, 2007).
  • multiple book reviews and research reports in the Spanish-language journal, Mesoamérica

Tompson’s recent conference presentations include:

  • “Harper & Brothers Publishing House and the Presentation of Latin America to the U.S. Public in the 19th Century,” presented to the Georgia Association of Historians’ Annual Meeting, Columbus, Georgia, February 1-2, 2019
  •  “‘If You Were White, I Would Kill You and Eat You’:  An Episode of Racial and Imperial Politics on the Mosquito Coast, c. 1800,” presented to the Georgia Association of Historians’ Annual Meeting, Jekyll Island, Georgia, February 16-18, 2017
  • “The Colonial Nation of the Baymen of Belize,” presented to the Central American Studies Meeting of the American Historical Association, 130th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, January 7-10, 2016