Carol M. Swain
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|Born||March 7, 1954|
Bedford, Virginia, U.S.
|Education||Virginia Western Community College|
Roanoke College (BA)
Virginia Tech (MA)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (PhD)
Yale University (MLS)
|Occupation||University professor, author, media host|
|Employer||Princeton University (1990–1999)|
Vanderbilt University (1999–2017)
|Political party||Democratic (until 2000s)|
Carol Miller Swain (born March 7, 1954) is an American conservative television analyst and former professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University. She is the author and editor of several books. Her scholarly work has been cited by two associate justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Her interests include race relations, immigration, representation, evangelical politics, and the United States Constitution.
Carol Miller Swain was born on March 7, 1954, in Bedford, Virginia, one of twelve children. Her father dropped out of school in the third grade and her mother dropped out in high school. Her stepfather used to physically abuse her mother, Dorothy Henderson, who is disabled due to infantile paralysis. Swain grew up in poverty, living in a shack without running water, and sharing two beds with her eleven siblings. The second of twelve children, she did not have shoes and thus missed school whenever it snowed. She did not finish high school, dropping out in ninth grade. She moved to Roanoke with her family in the 1960s and appealed to a judge to be transferred to a foster home, which was denied. Swain instead lived with her grandmother in a trailer park.
After she divorced in 1975, Swain earned a GED and worked as a cashier at McDonald's, a door-to-door salesperson, and an assistant in a retirement facility. She later earned an associate degree from Virginia Western Community College. She went on to earn a magna cum laude B.A. in criminal justice from Roanoke College and a master's degree in political science from Virginia Tech. While an undergraduate at Roanoke College, she organized a scholarship fund for black students that by 2002 had an endowment of $350,000. She finished a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. In 2000, she earned a Master of Legal Studies from Yale Law School.
Swain received tenure as an associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University. From 1999 to 2017, she taught political science and law at Vanderbilt University. She retired from her post at Vanderbilt in 2017.
Her first academic book, Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress, was published by Harvard University Press in 1993. The book was cited by Anthony Kennedy and Sandra Day O'Connor, two Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. It was the recipient of the D.B. Hardeman Prize as well as the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award.
In 1996, she edited a collection of essays entitled Race Versus Class: The New Affirmative Action Debate.
Her third book, published in 2002, was The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration, which one reviewer described as "a gallant attempt to locate the middle ground of American values and social discourse toward resolving contemporary racial problems, however, complex social issues remain unresolved and out of focus". In the foreword, she says, "[I] have reserved for myself the right to explore hunches and draw upon personal intuitions as I interpret and evaluate data", a methodology criticized by political scientist Marc Q. Sawyer, who comments, "While I laud this break with convention, frequently these hunches either lead to faulty conclusions or foreclose the opportunity for consideration of alternative explanations in this work. One can disagree with Swain's normative vision, but when that vision triumphs over social scientific evidence and fails to live up to its claims for social justice, it is legitimate to critique that vision itself". Sawyer contends Swain ignores important African-American institutions and the variety in thought among African-American scholars, that she misses and misinterprets statistical information, and that, in the end, "despite claims of a normative focus, Swain is largely on the side of the white nationalists", apologizing for "racist beliefs and practices".
In 2003, she edited Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism with Princeton University Professor Russell K. Nieli. It was reviewed in Rhetoric and Public Affairs and The Journal of Southern History. The book contains telephone interviews with ten people active in the white nationalist movement; the interviews were edited by the interviewees, and Stephanie Shanks-Meile, reviewing the book for Contemporary Sociology, criticized the methodology of the book ("the primary data analysis is weak") and the lack of interviews with rank-and-file members: "there is still no real substitution for field research, making Swain and Nieli's ten telephone interviews with 'leaders' too superficial to base an entire study on white nationalism".
In 2011, she released Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise, published by Thomas Nelson. She explained she wrote the book as a response to "the ungodly direction" of the United States.
She served as an advisor to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and she was a member of the National Council on the Humanities. She served on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Roanoke College. She is a foundation member of the Nu of Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
She is a Founding Director of the Veritas Institute. She was a Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University from 2004 to 2005. She was also a Visiting Copenhaver Scholar at Roanoke College. She has participated in conferences and radio programs organized by the Family Research Council (FRC). She also did a book signing event for Be the People at the FRC in 2011. In 2013, she spoke at a Tea Party rally in Lebanon, Tennessee alongside Republican State Representative Mark Pody. On November 15, 2013, she also spoke about immigration reform on a panel entitled "Doing Good to the Stranger and the Citizen: Evangelicals Discuss Immigration Reform" at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.
In November 2015, Vanderbilt University students started a petition on Change.org, asking administrators to terminate her from teaching and require her to attend diversity training sessions. The students accused Swain of becoming "synonymous with bigotry, intolerance, and unprofessionalism". The petition garnered over 1,000 signatures within days. She responded by calling those students "sad and pathetic, in the sense that they're college students and they should be open to hearing more than one viewpoint." The petition underwent revisions and changed to asking administrators to only suspend Swain and require all professors to attend diversity training. Meanwhile, Nicholas S. Zeppos, the chancellor of Vanderbilt University, issued a statement saying that while Swain's views are not the same as the university's, the university is committed to free speech and academic freedom. Additionally, a pro-Swain petition was started by her supporters, who suggested the student petition was "reminiscent of China's Cultural Revolution, when student Red Guards made false and ridiculous accusations against their professors".
In January 2017, Swain announced that she would retire from Vanderbilt in August, and stated, "I will not miss what American universities have allowed themselves to become". After a series of racial protests erupted in the summer of 2017, an article in The Weekly Standard dubbed Swain "the Cassandra of Vanderbilt".
Between October 2012 and July 2014, she was the host of Be the People, a weekly television talk which used paid programming time to air on Sundays on WSMV-TV and WZTV in the Nashville area.
Following Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's resignation for embezzlement on March 6, 2018, a special election was triggered. The Davidson County election commission selected May 24 for the election after a legal challenge over the initial August 2 ballot date. Swain declared her candidacy for Mayor of Nashville on April 2, citing a need for low taxes and common-sense regulations. The race featured 13 candidates, including acting mayor David Briley, state representative Harold Love, and councilwoman Erica Gilmore. Swain placed second in the election, receiving 23 percent of the vote, behind Briley, who received 54 percent. On March 18, 2019, Swain announced she was again running for Nashville mayor, challenging incumbent mayor Briley in that year's election. The election results on August 1, 2019 had Swain in third place with 21% of the vote (which required her to drop out), behind Councilman John Cooper (36%) and incumbent Mayor David Briley (26%), setting them up for a special run-off election.
Views on race
In 2002, Swain argued against reparations for American descendants of African slaves during an event at Delaware State University, a historically black university. However, in 2005, she wrote an op ed in The Washington Post calling for George W. Bush to offer a formal apology to American citizens of African descent for the institution of slavery. She also wrote a policy document about it for the Heartland Institute. When the apology happened in June 2009, during the presidency of Barack Obama, she called it "meaningless." She expressed disappointment that it did not happen under President George W. Bush, when the Republicans were in power, arguing that "It would have shed that racist scab on the party."
In October 2009, the SPLC mentioned Swain in a critique of A Conversation About Race, a documentary directed by Craig Bodeker that contended that racism was not an issue in America. The SPLC stated that the film had been well-received among white supremacist organizations, and the film's director had granted interviews to white supremacist publications to promote the film. The SPLC noted that Swain was one of the few mainstream figures who had endorsed the film. Swain stated that the content of the film could be effectively used in social science classes to encourage debate. Swain called the SPLC article a smear, and contended that the SPLC was retaliating against her because she had previously criticized the organization in a blog entry on the Huffington Post.
Swain called the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012, "a very scary situation". In April 2012, she argued that civil rights leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton had used the shooting of Trayvon Martin for political gains in order to increase voter registration for the Democratic Party. She argued that black-on-white crimes are underreported in the media, and criticized Martin's mother for failing to address the issues of black-on-black crime rates, unemployment, and abortion in black communities.
In 2013, when she was asked if Jesus was black or white, she responded that the issue was "irrelevant." She added, "Whether He's white, black, Hispanic, whatever you want to call Him, what's important is that people find meaning in His life."
In the wake of the 2015 Charleston church shooting, Swain suggested the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State Capitol might exacerbate tensions between blacks and whites, adding that "It was easy to focus on the flag, as opposed to the issues that have divided blacks and whites historically."
In July 2016, Swain criticized Black Lives Matter, suggesting it was "a Marxist organization" and "a very destructive force in America." She reiterated that it was "pure Marxism" and concluded that it "needs to go".
In August 2016, Swain appeared in Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, directed by Dinesh D'Souza.
Views on Islam
Islam is not like other religions in the United States[;] it poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored. ... If America is to be safe, it must ... institute serious monitoring of Islamic organizations.— Carol M. Swain, The Tennessean (January 16, 2015)
Following her comments some Vanderbilt students held a protest, accusing Swain of engaging in "hate speech" and said more protests would be held unless the University implemented a policy to "promise its students protection from being attacked by faculty members."
On January 19, Judson Phillips, another conservative activist, wrote an op ed in The Washington Times in defense of Swain's remarks. That same day, a piece by Vanderbilt professor David J. Wasserstein, titled "Thoughtful views on Islam needed, not simplicity," was published in the Tennessean in response to Swain's piece.
On January 23, 2015, The Tennessean published another opinion piece, titled "Anti-Islam op-ed distorts reality, could harm people," by Randy Horick countering Swain's views.
In February 2015, Swain filed a police complaint after she received a sexually harassing package from an address in Portland, Oregon in retaliation for her op-ed. She added she no longer felt safe on the campus of Vanderbilt University.
Swain married at the age of sixteen and had two sons and one daughter. Her daughter died of sudden infant death syndrome. Upon being divorced five years later, Swain attempted to commit suicide by swallowing pills.
During this period she was a Jehovah's Witness. According to the Nashville Scene, "As a young girl, Swain became a devout Jehovah's Witness. At the time, many in that church believed that the world would end in 1975. Swain was among them. ..." In 1998 Swain was baptized into the Pentecostal faith after hearing an "internal voice" when she thought she was dying at a hospital. In 2017 Swain served as a Citizen's Committee member for the 43rd Annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast and as a board member for the Nashville Youth for Christ. She is a Southern Baptist.
Swain was a Democrat before leaving the party around 2009 due to what she said was her Christian faith causing her to re-examine her worldview. In 2009, Swain became a Republican, explaining: "As a Christian, I saw stark contradictions between my biblical worldview and the Democratic Party’s position on the issues I care about most deeply."
Listed chronologically by released date.
- Carol M. Swain (1993). Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-07616-7.
- Carol M. Swain (1996). Race Versus Class: The New Affirmative Action Debate. University Press of America. ISBN 978-0-7618-0413-0.
- Carol M. Swain (2002). The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-54558-7.
- Carol M. Swain; Russ Nieli, eds. (2003). Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-01693-3.
- Carol M. Swain, ed. (2007). Debating Immigration. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-69866-5.
- Carol M. Swain (2011). Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0-8499-4828-2.
- Steven Feazel; Carol M. Swain (2016). Abduction: How Liberalism Steals Our Children's Hearts and Minds. Christian Faith Publishing. ISBN 978-1-63525-146-3.
- Carol M. Swain; Steven Feazel (2016). Who's Stealing Our Kids?: Revealing the Hidden Agenda to Secularize Our Children. Frontline. ISBN 978-1-62998-748-4.
- "Double Standard, Double Bind: African-American Leadership After the Thomas Debacle" in Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality (1992). Pantheon Books. Edited by Toni Morrison. ISBN 0-679-74145-3.
- "Up From Poverty: The Remarkable Career of Professor Carol Swain". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (37): 66–67. Autumn 2002. doi:10.2307/3134294. JSTOR 3134294.
- Kathryn Jean Lopez, Being Faithful to a Founding: A college professor talks good sense, National Review, November 28, 2011
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- Bullock, Charles S. III (Fall 1993). "Reviewed Work: Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress by Carol M. Swain". The Georgia Historical Quarterly. 77 (3): 656–658. JSTOR 40582858.
- Thompson, J. Phillip III (Winter 1993). "Reviewed Work: Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress by Carol M. Swain". Political Science Quarterly. 108 (4): 743–744. doi:10.2307/2152414. JSTOR 2152414.
- McClain, Paula D. (November 1994). "Reviewed Work: Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress. by Carol M. Swain". The Journal of Politics. 56 (4): 1145–1148. doi:10.2307/2132080. JSTOR 2132080.
- Overby, L. Marvin (June 1995). "Book review: Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress by Carol M. Swain". Public Choice. 83 (3–4): 386–390. doi:10.1007/BF01047753. JSTOR 30026994.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Valelly, Richard M. (Spring 1995). "Reviewed Work: Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress by Carol M. Swain". Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 14 (2): 346–350. doi:10.2307/3325163. JSTOR 3325163.
- Pinderhughes, Dianne M. (December 1994). "Reviewed Works: Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress by Carol M. Swain; From Protest to Politics: The New Black Voters in American Elections by Katherine Tate". American Political Science Review. 88 (4): 1008–1010. doi:10.2307/2082752. JSTOR 2082752.
- "Justice Kennedy cites Swain – Johnson v. DeGrandy".
- "O'Connor cites Swain – Georgia v. Ashcroft".
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- Meilaender, Peter C. (December 2003). "Review: Confronting Taboos: Reviewed Work: The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration by Carol M. Swain". The Review of Politics. 65 (2): 309–311. doi:10.1017/s0034670500050117. JSTOR 1408823.
- Sawyer, Mark Q. (December 2003). "Reviewed Work: The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration by Carol M. Swain". Perspectives on Politics. 1 (4): 792–793. doi:10.1017/S1537592703210586. JSTOR 3687970.
- Weisenburger, Steven (February 2004). "Reviewed Work: The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration by Carol M. Swain". The Journal of Southern History. 70 (1): 200–202. doi:10.2307/27648387. JSTOR 27648387.
- Shanks-Meile, Stephanie L. (March 2004). "Reviewed Works: The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration by Carol M. Swain; Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America by Carol M. Swain, Russ Nieli". Contemporary Sociology. 33 (2): 157–159. JSTOR 3593668.
- Barton, Michael (Spring 2004). "Reviewed Work: THE NEW WHITE NATIONALISM IN AMERICA: Its Challenge to Integration by Carol M. Swain". American Studies. 45 (1): 176–177. JSTOR 40643661.
- Spence, Lester K. (September 2004). "Reviewed work(s): The New White Nationalism In America. By Carol M. Swain". The Journal of Politics. 66 (4): 1306–1308. doi:10.1017/S0022381600004230. JSTOR 10.1017/S0022381600004230.
- Shanks-Meile, Stephanie L. (2004). "Reviewed Work(s): The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration by Carol M. Swain; Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America by Carol M. Swain and Russ Nieli". Contemporary Sociology. 33 (2): 157–159.
- Sawyer, Mark Q. (2003). "Reviewed Work(s): The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration by Carol M. Swain". Perspectives on Politics. 1 (4): 792–793. JSTOR 3687970.
- Swain, Carol M.; Nieli, Russ (March 24, 2003). Google Books – New White Nationalism. Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism. ISBN 9780521816731.
- Beasley, Vanessa B. (August 2004). "Reviewed Work: Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America by Carol M. Swain, Russ Nieli". Rhetoric and Public Affairs. 7 (1): 103–105. doi:10.1353/rap.2004.0019. JSTOR 41939897.
- Powell, Lawrence N. (August 2004). "Reviewed Work: Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America by Carol M. Swain, Russ Nieli". The Journal of Southern History. 70 (3): 725–726. doi:10.2307/27648550. JSTOR 27648550.
- Billy Hallowell, Author Seeks to Change America’s ‘Ungodly Direction’, The Blaze, August 30, 2011
- "Tennessee Advisors – US Civil Rights Commission (see page 5)" (PDF).
- "Members – National Council on the Humanities". Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
- "Roanoke College Trustees". Archived from the original on October 29, 2014.
- James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions: Events (Fall 2004)
- James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions: Visiting Fellows 2004-05\
- Index of Belonging and Rejection Release and News Conference, Family Research Council, December 15, 2010
- Tony Perkins, Richard Land, Laurie Cardoza-Moore, Carol Swain, Todd Starnes, Family Research Council, February 25, 2014
- Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise, Family Research Council, June 9, 2011
- Swain Speaks to Wilson County Tea Party Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Lebanon Democrat, May 1, 2013
- Doing Good to the Stranger and the Citizen: Evangelicals Discuss Immigration Reform Archived March 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Heritage Foundation, November 15, 2013
- Caloway, Nick (November 9, 2015). "Student petition asks Vanderbilt to suspend conservative professor". WKRN-TV. Nashville, Tennessee. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- Chasmar, Jessica (November 12, 2015). "Black conservative professor slams 'sad, pathetic' Vanderbilt students demanding her ouster". The Washington Times. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
- "GREENBERG: The Carol Swain petition silences dissenting voices". Vanderbilt Hustler. November 11, 2015. Archived from the original on November 14, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- "Being Muslim on Campus". The Atlantic. November 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
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- Heim, Joe (August 13, 2017). "One dead as car strikes crowds amid protests of white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville; two police die in helicopter crash". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- Lloyd, Alice B. (May 5, 2017). "The Cassandra of Vanderbilt". The Weekly Standard.
- Weathersby, Ronald W. (January 12, 2013). "Carol Swain's New Talk Show Gaining Momentum in Middle Tennessee". The Tennessee Tribune. Archived from the original on October 29, 2014.
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- Chris Chisum, Popular Show Expands to New Networks, Christian News Wire, February 28, 2014
- Fausset, Richard; Smith, Mitch (March 6, 2018). "Megan Barry, Nashville Mayor, Pleads Guilty to Theft and Agrees to Resign". The New York Times.
- Garrison, Joey (April 10, 2018). "Tennessee Supreme Court moves up Nashville mayoral election to May". Tennessean.
- Garrison, Joey (April 3, 2018). "Carol Swain, former Vanderbilt professor, conservative commentator, to run for Nashville mayor". Nashville Tennessean.
- Garrison, Joey (May 25, 2018) [May 24, 2018]. "Nashville Mayor David Briley wins special mayoral race, avoiding runoff". Nashville Tennessean.
- Rau, Nate (March 18, 2019). "Carol Swain officially announces bid for Nashville mayor". Nashville Tennessean.
- Cahn, Emily (August 17, 2016). "Donald Trump Wants to Win Over Black Voters. Here's How He Already Blew His Chance". Mic. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
'I was pleasantly surprised at how well the speech addressed concerns that I believe most African-Americans have, and I believe that it was delivered with sincerity and that it was a message that I wish more people could hear,' said Carol Swain, a professor at Vanderbilt University and an African-American Trump supporter.
- Gregory Kane, Bold remark on reparations: 'Get over it', The Baltimore Sun, November 27, 2002
- Carol M. Swain, An Apology for Slavery, The Washington Post, July 16, 2005
- Carol M. Swain, Apologizing for Slavery, Heartland Institute, April 1, 2005
- Krissah Thompson, Senate Unanimously Approves Resolution Apologizing for Slavery, The Washington Post, June 19, 2009
- Sonia Scherr, A Slick DVD Defends Racism, Southern Poverty Law Center, October 8, 2009
- "Black Professor at Vanderbilt University Denies She Is an "Apologist for White Supremacists"". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (66): 30. Winter 2009. JSTOR 20722160.
- Swain, Carol (September 11, 2017). "What It's Like to Be Smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center". www.wsj.com. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
- Napp Nazworth, Expert: Black Leaders Fueling Racial Division for Political Gain, The Christian Post, April 10, 2012
- "Obama Gives Highly Personal Take On Trayvon Martin Death, Urges Soul-Searching". PBS NewsHour. PBS. July 19, 2013. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
- Gregory Kane, Why Carol Swain demands honesty about Trayvon Martin, The Washington Examiner, August 5, 2013
- Jessie Washington, , The Times of Israel, December 24, 2013
- "Confederate flag down in South Carolina but only first step in solving problems". Fox News. July 12, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
- Holland, Jesse J. (July 12, 2015). "Confederate flag down but what happens now". aol.com. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
- Diaz, Daniella (July 9, 2016). "African-American professor Carol Swain slams Black Lives Matter". CNN. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- Tamburin, Adam (July 12, 2016). "Carol Swain blasts Black Lives Matter; Vanderbilt responds". The Tennessean. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- Adams, Sam (July 15, 2016). "'Hillary's America' Review: Dinesh D'Souza Indulges in More Confirmation Bias". The Wrap. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- "Beliefs". CarolMSwain.net. Archived from the original on December 11, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
- Carol M. Swain, Charlie Hebdo attacks prove critics were right about Islam, The Tennessean, January 15, 2015
- Is Carol Swain Charlie? or Hateful?, Inside Higher Ed, January 19, 2015
- Ridley, JR. "Former 'SNL' actress defends prof accused of 'hate speech' against Muslims". CollegeFix.com. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
- "Uproar over Vanderbilt professor's anti-Muslim column @insidehighered". insidehighered.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
- Students to protest Carol Swain's op-ed on Islam Archived February 21, 2015, at the Wayback Machine by Aaditi Naik, The Vanderbilt Hustler, January 16, 2015.
- Between brats and bigots Archived January 25, 2015, at the Wayback Machine by Angelica Lasala and Aaditi Naik, The Vanderbilt Hustler, January 21, 2015.
- Judson Phillips, Vanderbilt’s Carol Swain, the fight to silence liberty, The Washington Times, January 19, 2015
- Vanderbilt Professor Under Attack for Criticizing Islam by Mark Tapson, Frontpagemag, January 23, 2015.
- Wasserstein, David J. (January 19, 2015). "Thoughtful views on Islam needed, not simplicity". The Tennessean.
- Randy Horick (January 23, 2015). "Anti-Islam op-ed distorts reality, could harm people". The Tennessean. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
- Tom Wilemon, Carol Swain to police: Islam column brings harassment, The Tennessean, February 15, 2015
- "A Snippet of Professor Carol M. Swain's Christian Journey". carolmswain.net. December 21, 2011. Archived from the original on November 14, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
The hospital in Princeton happened to have a black Pentecostal chaplain, which was unusual given the affluence and racial makeup of the surrounding community. The chaplain and a cleaning lady witnessed to me in the hospital and arranged for me to be baptized.
- 2017 Tennessee Prayer Breakfast
- Nashville YFC Board of Directors
- "Swain: Southern Baptists must counter aggressive secularism". Capstone Report. April 4, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
Carol M. Swain is a Southern Baptist and a professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
- Swain, Carol M. (November 1, 2018). "I Saw the Light and Went to Republican From Democrat". The Epoch Times. Archived from the original on November 1, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2020.