Douglas holds a BA in history from the University of Oklahoma—with time also spent studying in Basel, Switzerland, and Graz, Austria—and an MA from Georgetown’s MAGES (Master of Arts in Geman and European Studies) program. Following his master's degree, he worked as an English teacher through Fulbright Austria in Feldkirchen in the Austrian province of Carinthia. Afterwards, he worked as a translator and technical writer for a small software company in Dresden, Germany. Douglas’ research interests include twentieth-century Austrian history and literature and how the Second World War is remembered (both officially and unofficially) through literature, film, and museums. He is the winner of the Society for Slovene Studies' 2019 Rado L. Lenček Prize and previously was the 2018 Graduate Student Research Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.