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

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Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Law School Office 270. Students should e-mail Prof. Swain or her assistant for an appointment:; Assistant:


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, Congress; Race relations; Evangelical Politics

Curriculum Vitae

Carol M. Swain

Professor of Law

Carol M. Swain's work on representation and race relations has earned her national and international accolades. Her most recent book, Debating Immigration, is a collection of 18 essays by Swain and other scholars that explore the nuances of contemporary immigration and citizenship in the U.S. and Europe. Her highly acclaimed book, Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress, was named one of the seven outstanding academic books of 1994 by Library Choice Journal, received the 1994 Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the U.S. on government, politics or international affairs, the Hardeman Prize for best scholarly work on Congress during 1994-1995, and was the co-winner of the Key Award for the best book published on southern politics. Black Faces was cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Johnson v. DeGrandy (1994) and by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in Georgia V. Ashcroft (2003). She has also written and co-authored books on white nationalism. Her latest book-in-progress is tentatively titled: Broken Vows, Banished Virtues: Reclaiming America’s Promise. A widely recognized expert on race relations, immigration, black leadership and evangelical politics, Professor Swain is a member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and serves on the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times and USA Today. She is a regular contributor to Fox News’s Hannity Great American Panel segment and she has been a regular contributor to CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight. Professor Swain has appeared on BBC Radio, NPR, CNN's Andersen Cooper, Fox News Live, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, The Washington Journal and ABC's Headline News, among other media. Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Professor Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is a foundation member of the Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.



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