Project 21 member Dr. Carol M. Swain is an award-winning political scientist, former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society – an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.
Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Carol was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square. She is an author, public speaker and political commentator.
Carol is the author or editor of eight books. Her first book, Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (Harvard University Press, 1993, 1995), 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 by Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor in Georgia v. Ashcroft, 539 U.S. (2003). In addition, Cambridge University Press nominated her book, The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration, for a Pulitzer Prize. Her latest co-authored book is Abduction: How Liberalism Steals the Hearts and Minds of Our Children (Christian Faith Publishing, 2016, co-author Steve Feazel). Her 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), Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2003, co-author Russ Nieli) and Study Guide for Abduction: How Liberalism Steals Our Children’s Hearts and Minds (Carol Swain Enterprises, 2017, co-author Steve Feazel).
Her commentaries have been published in CNN Online, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times and USA Today. She has appeared on ABC, CNN’s Headline News and “Smerconish,” BBC Radio, National Public Radio, INT News, CNN’s “AC360,” Fox News’ “Hannity,” “Fox and Friends,” “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and “Judge Jeanine” and the PBS “NewsHour” and “Washington Journal.” She had a major role in “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” and has had two Prager University videos go viral. Her commentary on current social and political issues can be heard nationally on Bott Radio and American Family Radio’s “Two Minutes to Think About it with Dr. Carol M. Swain.”
Carol served on the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a foundation member of the Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.