Joseph Crespino

Department Chair

Jimmy Carter Professor

Department of History

Office: Bowden 220

Phone: (404) 727-1955



Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor of American History, 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).

Interviews, Speeches, or Short Writings on the Web

2018 Preston Lecturer: Writer & Historian Joseph Crespino, Hotchkiss Magazine, Feb. 23, 2018.

“Atticus Finch Offers a Lesson in Southern Politics,” New York Times, July 16, 2015.

An Interview with Patrick Allitt discussing Strom Thurmond’s America, Emory University Expert Conversations Series, 2012.

My Curriculum Vitae


  • BA, Northwestern University, 1994.
  • MEd, University of Mississippi, 1996.
  • MA, Stanford University, 2002.
  • PhD, Stanford University, 2002.


  • Twentieth Century United States History
  • The American South since Reconstruction

Current Graduate Students

Recently-Appointed Doctoral Graduates