Atlanta Studies is an open access, multimedia web-based journal published by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. We publish articles, blog posts, book reviews, and videos from the 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. We believe a city is no better than its scholarship, and we hope you’ll tune in and take part.
Authors retain copyright of the content they produce with limited rights granted to Atlanta Studies. Atlanta Studies is freely available to individuals and institutions. There are no charges to submit work to the journal.
Folashade Alao is the program manager for the Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) at the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). She earned her PhD from Emory University Institute of Liberal Arts. Her research focused on black women’s artistic production, spatial understanding, and memory and history embedded in Southern physical landscapes. In her current role, she designs and leads RLI, an intensive leadership program that brings together a diverse cross sector, cross regional group of leaders to learn about the key issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the metro Atlanta region through a holistic, interdisciplinary and regional lens.
Clinton Fluker is the Assistant Director of Engagement and Scholarship at the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library where he supervises the Archives Research Center and the GLAM Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning. In this capacity, he develops exhibitions, programming, and scholarly projects that utilize digital platforms. Fluker also teaches in the Humanities Ph.D. program at Clark Atlanta University and is the co-editor of The Black Speculative Arts Movement: Art + Design (2019).
Daniel is a historian based in Atlanta, Georgia, having received his Bachelor’s and Master’s from Georgia State University. Presently, he is the regional manager for StoryCorps in Atlanta. Mr. Horowitz has 20 years’ experience as an organizer including local, regional, and national campaigns focusing on labor, environmental, criminal justice, and anti-poverty issues.
Anna Joo Kim is Assistant Professor of City Planning in the School Public Affairs at San Diego State University. Her research examines the blurred boundaries between informal and formal jobs for low wage immigrant workers, and how these semi-formal employment arrangements translate into strategies for local economic growth in ethnic neighborhoods. Dr. Kim teaches community and workforce development, planning for immigrant communities in the Atlanta region, and other courses on social, economic, and environmental justice.
Yanni Alexander Loukissas is associate professor of digital media in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. His current research interests include participatory mapping, critical visualization, data studies, and smart cities. He is the author of two books, All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society (MIT Press, 2019) and Co-Designers: Cultures of Computer Simulation in Architecture (Routledge, 2012).
Kali-Ahset Amen, Johns Hopkins University
Rebecca Burns, University of Georgia
Joe Crespino, Emory University
Tim Crimmins, Georgia State University
Andrea Jackson, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Ben Miller, Emory University
Michael Leo Owens, Emory University
Charles Steffen, Georgia State University
Lawrence Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stewart Varner, University of Pennsylvania
Kerrie Cotten Williams, DC Public Library
Ben Miller, Executive Editor
Nicole Symmonds, Managing Editor
Lauren Highsmith, Editorial Associate
Amy Li, Editorial Associate
Barbara Combs, Clark Atlanta University
Dana White, Emory University
Ben Miller, Emory University
Adam P. Newman, Editorial Associate (2016–2017), Assistant Managing Editor (2017-2019), Managing Editor (2019–2020)
John A. Bernau, Editorial Associate (2018–2019)
Matt Graci, Editorial Associate (2017–2018)
Clint Fluker, Editorial Associate (2016–2018)
Jesse P. Karlsberg, Managing Editor (2016–2019)
Karen L. McCarthy, Editorial Associate (2015–2016)
Stephanie Rodgers, Editorial Associate (2014–2015)
Sarah Melton, Managing Editor (2014–2016)