Jody M. Roy, PhD, is the Victor and Carrie Palmer Endowed Chair of Leadership Values and Professor of Communication at Ripon College. The recipient of more than a dozen professional awards, Roy was named the Jeanne Robertson Outstanding Professor by the National Speakers Association in 2004 and Wisconsin Professor of the Year 2005 by the Carnegie Foundation and CASE.
Since the late 1980s, Roy’s research has explored the diverse ways in which hatred is communicated within American society. Her scholarly studies have included analysis of organized hate movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as critique of the roles hatred and violence play within American popular culture. More recently, Roy has focused her studies on communication surrounding incarceration. Her publications include Love to Hate: America’s Obsession with Hatred and Violence (Columbia University Press, 2002).
Throughout her career, Roy has translated her work as a scholar into accessible resources and programs teachers, parents, and others can use to improve their communities. In 2001, she founded Students Talking about Respect (STAR), a nonprofit organization that offered K-12 schools free access to hate-prevention resources. In 2004, STAR merged into the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), which works with about a quarter million students per year. Roy served as chair of SAVE’s board of directors from 2008 to 2010. Since then, she has become involved in a prison education initiative and has collaborated with a group of currently incarcerated men to develop materials designed to help prevent youth crime and to prepare prisoners for successful re-entry into society. In 2014, the curriculum developed by Roy and her colleagues in the Ripon College Department of Communication was awarded the National Communication Association’s Rex Mix Prize as the top undergraduate communication program in the country.