Derek Alderman

Professor and Department Head

Phone: 865-974-0406

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Derek Alderman is an expert in cultural and historical geography, specifically related to public memory, heritage tourism, the civil rights movement, and African-American history. He has co-authored the book Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory and has written numerous book chapters and scholarly articles. His research has been highlighted by such media outlets as BBC News Magazine, USA Today, CNN, and Reuters. He founded the RESET (Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism) Initiative, a research and outreach initiative that seeks to identify, study, and challenge patterns of social inequity in the current tourism industry.

Topics of expertise: Cultural and historic geography, particularly of the US South; streets and landmarks named after Martin Luther King Jr.; heritage tourism; and Civil Rights memorials.