Atlanta Studies is an open access, digital publication of the Atlanta Studies Network that features work from scholars, writers, artists, and activists who are writing the next chapters in our city’s story.  Examining Atlanta from a wide range of perspectives, we offer thoughtful analyses of the metro region’s past and present for a public audience. We aim to be critical when addressing Atlanta’s problems and a tad boosterish when assessing its possibilities. 

  • “MY REAL LIFE WORK WAS DONE AT ATLANTA”: ALDON MORRIS ON W. E. B. DU BOIS’ CAREER IN ATLANTA

  • A PURPOSELY BUILT COMMUNITY: PUBLIC HOUSING REDEVELOPMENT AND RESIDENT REPLACEMENT AT EAST LAKE MEADOWS

  • THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF MODERN ATLANTA: IS THE “BLACK MECCA” ERODING?

  • Book Review - Modern Coliseum: Stadiums and American Culture

  • This Used To Be A Mountain: Mapping Stone Mountain Granite in Metro Atlanta

  • The Battle of Atlanta: Past vs. Present in ATL Maps

We believe a city is no better than its scholarship, and we hope you’ll tune in and take part. 

Atlanta Studies Network

The Atlanta Studies Network is an interdisciplinary group of researchers, students, and instructors across area institutions including Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Clark Atlanta University, Kennesaw State University, the Atlanta History Center, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia. In addition to publishing Atlanta Studies, for the past five years the Atlanta Studies Network has hosted an annual symposium each spring that is free and open to the public. The Network also hosts quarterly meetups at Manuel’s Tavern. Finally, a number of innovative cross-institutional projects about Atlanta have arisen from collaborations in the Network, such as those highlighted below. 

  • ATL Maps

    An innovative mapping platform

  • Unpacking Manuel's Tavern

    An exciting project to archive a historic space

  • Teaching Atlanta

    A repository of pedagogical resources

Header Image:

“The Recently Completed Downtown Connector, View 2, May 28, 1989.” Photo by Michael Schwartz. AJCP293-002c, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archive. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. Copyright Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Courtesy of Georgia State University.