Carol M. Swain
Carol M. Swain is an American political scientist and professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University. Her fields are race relations, immigration, representation, evangelical politics and the US constitution.
Swain was born in Bedford, Virginia. One of twelve children raised in poverty, she did not attend high school. She earned a GED and later an associate’s degree from Virginia Western Community College. She went on to complete a B.A. in criminal justice from Roanoke College and master's degree in political science from Virginia Tech. She earned a master's degree in law from Yale Law School in 2000. She finished a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Swain has two children.
Swain is the author of Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (1993). This book also won the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award from the American Political Science Association.
Swain 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). She also edited Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism (2003).
Swain has written op-eds in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She frequently makes media appearances in outlets including ABC News, CNN, and Fox News. She has testified before Congress on multiple occasions.
Her most recent book is Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise.
Swain served as an advisor to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and she was a member of the National Council on the Humanities. She was a Trustee of Roanoke College. She is a foundation member of the Nu of Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She currently leads The Carol Swain Foundation.
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