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Columbus State University

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Doug Tompson

Associate Professor

History, Geography, and Philosophy, Department of

Education and Certifications

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


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

Academic Areas

Latin and Central America, Race and Race Relations

Research Interests

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.

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