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.


Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

  • Introduction by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • nonfiction / memoir

Frank Meeink’s book is a candid and captivating story of upbeat transformation of a raw racist into a courageous citizen which has much to teach all of us. Don’t miss it!

Cornel West

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead is Frank Meeink’s raw telling of his descent into America’s Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over hatred and addiction.

Frank’s violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate. He made easy prey for a small group of skinhead gang...Forward

Readings and events

Friday, 8 September 2017 at 7:00 pm|

Frank Meeink at Prairie Lights for Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead Book Launch

Please join Frank Meeink, author of Autobiography of A Recovering Skinhead, reading from the 2nd edition of his memoir at the book launch at Prairie Lights.

locationPrairie Lights
15 S. Dubuque St. , Iowa City, IA 52240

Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 7:00 pm|

Frank Meeink at Ripon College

Please join Frank Meeink, author of Autobiography of A Recovering Skinhead, speaking and reading from his memoir at Ripon College.

locationRipon College
300 Seward St, Ripon, WI 54971


On the Hawthorne Books Blog

Hawthorne makes introductions

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 19 March 2013

Imagine going to a party and someone is there to take you in hand, guide you though the room, and introduce you to the guests. These introductions increase the odds that even the most timid...Forward