Affiliated Institutions

Coppin State University

Elgin Klugh is a broadly skilled Applied Cultural Anthropologist with training, research and teaching activities spanning the areas of Heritage, landscape and spatial studies, Urban/Suburban Studies, African American History and Culture, Africa and the African Diaspora, Cultural Resource Management, and Community Development. His strong, interdisciplinary teaching record includes much experience teaching diverse undergraduate, urban, public university student populations. Dr. Klugh has held full time positions at Montclair State University and York College, City University of New York. He currently serves as an Associate Professor and Department Chairperson in the Department of Criminal Justice & Applied Social and Political Sciences at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland. My research focuses on the ability of subaltern groups to marshal the effectiveness of shared values and collective action to create resources for mutual benefit and development.

Areas of Research

Urban and Surburban Studies, Heritage, Landscape and Spatial Studies


Rodwell, Gary, and Elgin L. Klugh n.d. Collaborative Constructions: Constituency, Power, and Engagement in West Baltimore (submitted for peer review, November 2013)

Klugh, Elgin L., and Angela M. Howell 2013 Decolonization Continued: Anthropology and HBCUs. Anthropology News (June). Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association.

Klugh, Elgin L. 2012 Alternative Landscapes and Rootlessness in a Suburban Community. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 2(2): 23-33.

Klugh, Elgin L. 2010 African American Placemakers in the Tamarack Triangle Community of Silver Spring, MD. City & Society 22(2):183-206.

Klugh, Elgin L. 2009 Challenges to the Maintenance and Stability of African American Landownership in the Rural South: The Case of Bealsville, Florida. Africalogical Perspectives 6(1): 160-182.

Klugh, Elgin L. 2006 The Glover School Historic Site: Rekindling the Spirit of a School Community. In Schools as Imagined Communities: The Creation of Identity, Meaning, and Conflict in U.S. History. S. Dorn, D. Cobb-Roberts, and B. Shircliffe, eds. USA: Palgrave Macmillan.

Klugh, Elgin L. and Kathryn M. Borman 2006 Districts Employees Weigh-In on Comprehensive School Reform in the Context of No Child Left Behind. In Examining Comprehensive School Reform. K. Borman and D. Aladjem, eds. Pp. 237-293. USA: Urban Institute Press.

Klugh, Elgin L. 2005 Reclaiming Segregation-Era, African American Schoolhouses: Building on Symbols of Past Cooperation. Journal of Negro Education 74(3): 246-259.


Baltimore, MD, United States

Collaborative Constructions: Constituency, Power, and Engagement

This research explores the interaction between the Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation, Coppin State University, and the Coppin Heights community. Foci include displacement, community economic development, and oral history.

Silver Spring, MD, United States

The Old Smithville Colored School

Originally a site of focus for my dissertation, continued work regarding this site includes observations on the use of the historic site, and economic and racial/ethnic community transitions.