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Millsaps College
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white resistance, Radical Right, southern politics, Citizens' Council, conservatism, Mississippi
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About Me

Stephanie R. Rolph is Associate Professor in the history department at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Earning her PhD from Mississippi State University in 2009, Stephanie’s work focuses on white resistance to civil rights, especially connections between Deep South segregationists and conservative/Radical Right allies across the country and world.  Her first book, Resisting Equality: The Citizens’ Council, 1954-1989, is a new examination of one of the most widely-known resistance organizations during the civil rights movement. Her work places the Council within a wider network of white supremacy and conservatism that was not unique to the American South. In addition to her research and teaching, Rolph is the Academic Director for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, an inter-institutional nonprofit that partners academic preparation in poverty studies with antipoverty summer internships for undergraduates.

Recent Publications

Resisting Equality: The Citizens’ Council, 1954-1989, Louisiana State University Press, 2018.

“The Citizens’ Council and Africa: White Supremacy in Global Context,” Journal of Southern History (August 2016).

“Courting Conservatism: White Resistance and the Ideology of Race in the 1960s,” in The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining Conservatism’s Decade of Transformation, eds. Daniel T. Geary and Laura Jane Gifford, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Politics, Race