Department of Geography and Anthropology

David Doran

Part-time Instructor of Geography

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4005
Phone: 470-578-6919


Professor Dave Doran currently serves as part-time instructor of geography within the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in conjunction with his role as adjunct professor of geography within the Department of History and Geography at Clemson University. Professor Doran has served in our department since January of 2010 in both the capacity of full-time lecturer and part-time instructor. He primarily teaches Human Geography at KSU yet has taught Historical Geography, Geography of Europe, Geography of North America, Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, World Regional Geography, and Social Perspectives in Geography. Professor Doran identifies himself as a historical geographer who has taught geography and interdisciplinary studies within the University System of Georgia since May 2006 after earning his MA in geography from Georgia State University (GSU).

Professor Doran is a PhD candidate in history at Georgia State University working on the completion of his dissertation, "‘To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East': Salem's Maritime Trade between the Massachusetts Bay and the South China Sea, 1785-1815." His research follows his proficiency in his major exam field of world history, specifically focusing on oceanic systems in regards to trade circuits, commodity chains, and cross-cultural encounters between Asia and the North Atlantic economy. His dissertation topic centers on Salem's commercial fleet and their voyages to the Indian Ocean Basin, the world's oldest commercial oceanic system. His intended research has identified an array of Yankee voyages from Salem to the pivot of Cape Town and entrepot of Mauritius, which both served as Salem's gateway port cities to the vast commodities and material culture of the emporia. His minor fields include US colonial history and the history of modern South Africa.

Professor Doran obtained his MA in geography from the Department of Anthropology & Geography at GSU in May 2006 with the completion of his thesis, "‘Wharves to Waterfalls': A Geographic Analysis of the Massachusetts Political Economy, 1763-1825." He served two years as a lecturer for the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University following one year as a lecturer for the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Georgia College and State University.

Professor Doran currently serves as a table leader for the College Board at the annual scorings of Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG) exams in June and has served as a reader for APHG since 2006. Much of his interest commenced following his BBA in international business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his corporate experience as regional sales manager for a Swiss corporation. More than ten years of extensive travel in North America, the Caribbean, and Europe facilitated vast interest in geopolitics, cultural diversity, and the world economy. Flying on a plane on September 11, 2001, emphasized to him the change in new world order and served the catalyst for him to enter a new career in geographic education, with his current teaching focus wrapped around the concepts of diversity amid globalization.