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Department of Political Science

Contact Information

Political Science 615-322-6225; 327 Commons Center
Law School 615-322-1001; 270 Law School


Ph.D., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.A., Political Science, Virginia Polytechnical Institute

M.SL., Law, Yale University


American Politics


Immigration Reform; Religious Liberty; Campaigns and Elections; Racial Politics

Curriculum Vitae

Carol M. Swain

Professor of Law

Professor Swain is passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square.   She has authored award-winning books including Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (Harvard University Press, 1993, 1995: reprinted University Press of America, 2006). Black Faces won the Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the U. S. on government, politics, or international affairs in 1994, and was cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Johnson v. DeGrandy, 512 U.S. 997 (1994) and Justice Sandra Day O' Connor in Georgia V. Ashcroft, 539 U.S. (2003).  Professor Swain’s other books include Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise (Thomas Nelson Press, 2011), Debating Immigration (Cambridge University Press, 2007),   The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration (Cambridge University Press, 2002) that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2003, edited with Russ Nieli).  Professor Swain has served on the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and currently serves on the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Swain’s opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times and USA Today. Professor Swain has appeared on BBC Radio, NPR, CNN's AC360, Hannity, Lou Dobbs Tonight,  the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, The Washington Journal and ABC's Headline News, among other media. She is a foundation member of the Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Professor Swain is the  creator and host of BE THE PEOPLE TV show and President of Eagle Wings Media, LLC., and the Carol Swain Foundation.



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