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Carol Swain

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Dr. Carol Swain (B.A., Roanoke College; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ.; Ph.D., UNC at Chapel Hill; M.S.L, Yale, 2000; member of Phi Beta Kappa) is a Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Rising from a high school dropout and teenage mother to a highly accomplished university professor and public intellectual, Dr. Swain is a dedicated Christian and conservative voice speaking out against identity politics, for uniting under the Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers, and advocating for a public voice for conservatives who are intimidated to champion an often-unpopular message in today's political and social climate. She is a widely recognized expert on political campaigns, elections, racial politics, immigration reform, and religious liberty. She has served on the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities Council and is the founder of the Carol Swain Foundation. Her opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times and USA Today and she is a regular contributor on CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, PBS, and ABC among other media. She is the creator and host of “Be the People” television show. She has written seven books including the highly acclaimed book, Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (Harvard University Press) which received many awards including the 1994 Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the U.S. on government, politics or international aairs and which has been cited in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Her latest co-authored book, is titled: Who’s Stealing our Kids?: The Hidden Agenda to Secularize Our Children.

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  • 1999-2000 Yale University Law School New Haven, CT. M.S.L. Law
  • 1985-1989 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC. Ph.D., Political Science
  • 1983-1984 Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA. M.A., Political Science
  • 1980-1983 Roanoke College Salem, VA.
  • 1980-1984 B.A., Criminal Justice (Magna Cum Laude) Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Society, Pi Gamma Mu (International Social Science Society), Alpha Chi (National Honor Society); Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; National Dean's List; Criminal Justice Award
  • 1976-1978 Virginia Western Community College Roanoke, VA. A.A.S., Business Merchandising