Alumni (National Fellow)

Joseph Crespino

National Fellow
B.A. Northwestern University (1994)
M.Ed. University of Mississippi (1996)
M.A. Stanford University (2002)
Ph.D. Stanford University (2002)
Dream Mentor:
Charles Payne
Chicago Public Schools (IL)
Fields of Interest:
African American History
American Political Development
Social History


Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor of American History at Emory College, is a historian of the twentieth century United States and the American South since Reconstruction. He has written three books - Atticus Finch: The Biography—Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of an American Icon (Basic Books, 2018); Strom Thurmond’s America (Hill & Wang, 2012); and In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution (Princeton, 2007). He has also co-edited, with Matthew Lassiter, a collection of historical essays, The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (Oxford, 2010).

Thesis Description:

Strategic Accommodation: Civil Rights Opponents in Mississippi and their Impact on American Racial Politics, 1953-1972

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