Professor Chappell, the Rothbaum Professor of Modern
American History, is a scholar of the American civil
rights struggle. His books include A Stone of Hope:
Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow and Inside
Agitators: White Southerners in the Civil Rights Movement.
With the help of a year-long grant from the National
Endowment for the Humanities, he is now finishing Waking
from the Dream: The Battle over Martin Luther King’s
Legacy and is at work on another book tentatively
titled The Mind of the Segregationist, 1945-1965.
Inside Agitators received a Gustavus Myers Award for
Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America and
the Atlantic Monthly described A Stone
of Hope as “one of the three or four most
important books on civil rights.” In addition
to the NEH, his work has received support from the Harry
Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He offers courses on the
history of the civil rights struggle, liberalism and
race, religion, immigration and ethnicity, and cultural
and intellectual history. Professor Chappell received
his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.