Carol M. Swain

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Carol M. Swain
Born Bedford, Virginia
Residence Nashville, Tennessee
Education Virginia Western Community College
Virginia Tech
Yale Law School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Occupation University professor, author, television host
Employer Vanderbilt University

Carol M. Swain is an American political scientist, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University and television host. Her fields are race relations, immigration, representation, evangelical politics and the US constitution


Early life[edit]

Carol Miller Swain was born in Bedford, Virginia.[1][2] One of twelve children raised in poverty, she did not attend high school.[1] She earned a GED and later an associate’s degree from Virginia Western Community College.[1] She went on to complete a B.A. in criminal justice from Roanoke College and master's degree in political science from Virginia Tech.[1] She earned a master's degree in law from Yale Law School in 2000.[1] She finished a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[1]


She received tenure as an Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.[1][3] Since 1999, she has taught at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2][3]

She is the author of Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (1993).,[4][5] which won the D.B. Hardeman Prize, and also the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award.[6] Additionally, she bundled Race Versus Class: The New Affirmative Action Debate (1996), a collection of student essays, and wrote The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration (2002).[1][7] She also edited Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism (2003).[8] Her most recent book is Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise.[9]

She has written op-eds in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post,[10] and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She frequently makes media appearances in outlets including ABC News, CNN, and Fox News.[11] She has testified before Congress on multiple occasions.

She served as an advisor to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission[12] and she was a member of the National Council on the Humanities.[13] She was a Trustee of Roanoke College.[14] She is a foundation member of the Nu of Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.[1]


External links[edit]

  • Vanderbilt University website [1]
  • Carol Swain Foundation [2]