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Joseph CrespinoJimmy Carter Professor & Department Chair

Joseph Crespino is the Jimmy Carter Professor of History at Emory University. He is an expert in the political and cultural history of the twentieth century United States, and of the history of the American South since Reconstruction.

His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Academy of Education.

In 2014, he served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Tubingen, and he has been named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.

Crespino has published three books, has co-edited a collection of essays, and has written for academic journals as well as for popular forums such as the  New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, and the Wall Street Journal. His most recent book; Atticus Finch: The Biography—Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of an American Icon; was published in 2018 by Basic Books.

Interviews, Speeches, or Short Writings on the Web

TedX Talk on Atticus Finch, Mar 30, 2018

Political Right Since the 1960s, C-SPAN, Nov 8, 2017

Strom Thurmond's America, C-SPAN, Sep 21, 2012.


  • 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