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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Doug Tompson

Department Chair / Associate Professor

Doug Tompson


Dr. Doug Tompson

Position: Department Chair / Associate Professor
Office: Yancey Center 347
Phone: 706-507-8356

Office Hours

Spring Semester, 2019
TR 2:00-4:00 pm
or request an appointment by email


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, as well as the current chair of the Department of History and Geography. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Florida in 2001.

Dr. Tompson’s research focuses on Central America in the 18th and 19th centuries, and examines the institution of slavery along with questions of race, ethnicity and national identity. His recent publications include an essay on "The Establecimientos Costeros of Bourbon Central America, 1787-1800: Problems and Paradox in Spain’s Occupation of the Atlantic Coast," in an edited volume entitled Politics, Economy, and Society in Bourbon Central America, 1759-1821 (University Press of Colorado, 2007). He has also published an article in the Spanish-language journal Mesoamérica (2008), entitled “Refugiados libertos y esclavos asalariados: entre esclavitud y libertad en la costa atlántica de Honduras ca. 1800” (English title: “Freed Refugees and Salaried Slaves: Between Slavery and Freedom on the Atlantic Coast of Honduras, circa 1800”).

Dr. Tompson teaches courses in World History as well as Latin American History.

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Tompson became the chair of the History and Geography Department during the Fall 2016 semester.

He and Dr. Ilaria Scaglia traveled to Cuba for a site visit during the Fall 2015 semester, as preparation for developing a new study abroad program there. The History & Geography Department's first "Spring Break in Cuba" program is planned for the coming Spring Break in 2018.

He is in the final stages of completing a forthcoming monograph entitled
The Limits of Nationhood: Region and Ethnicity in the Formation of Honduras and Nicaragua, contracted through the University Press of Florida.

Additionally, he recently published:

  • "'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 is scheduled to appear in a forthcoming Spanish-language edited volume on the African presence in Central America, which will be published in El Salvador.

He recently presented:

  • "The Colonial Nation of the Baymen of Belize." American Historical Association's Annual Meeting in Atlanta, January 2016. 
  • "The Condition of Slavery in the Last Years of the Audiencia de Guatemala." Southern Historical Association's Annual Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas, November 2015.