David Chappell

Rothbaum Professor of History


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.