Professor Carol Swain

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Professor Carol Swain

Author, Speaker, Former Law Professor & Conservative Political Commentator

Speaking Topics:

  • Political Correctness, Anarchy, and the Decline of America
  • From Poverty to Professor, from GED to PhD, from Agnostic to Christian
  • Why I Became a Republican
  • White Supremacy v. White Nationalism: Is There a Meaningful Difference?
  • Abduction: How Liberalism Steals the Hearts and Minds of Our Children

Dr. Swain has appeared on numerous programs including: Hannity, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Anderson Cooper 360, Fox Business, The Thom Hartmann Show, FNC’s America Live Bridges With Host Monica Schmelter, Tony Perkins, “Washington Watch.” She is the creator and host of “Be the People” television show.

From high school dropout and teenage mother to highly accomplished university professor and public intellectual, Dr. Carol M. Swain is passionate about empowering others to confidently raise their voices in the public square. Dr. Swain’s education and experiences make her a credible and powerful force for change in today’s social and political climate where conservatives are intimidated to champion an often-unpopular message. Invite her to speak at your next event and visit her Website at BethePeopleTV.Com for her latest commentary.

Carol Swain - From GED to Ph.D

Published on Apr 3, 2012
Vanderbilt University Professor Carol Swain has a remarkable personal story of a journey that has taken her from high school dropout and teenage mother to university professor. Dr. Swain’s life experiences make her a credible and powerful force for change in today’s social and political climate. She is the host and creator of “Be the People TV.” Please visit her website at or

Dr. Carol M. Swain (B.A., Roanoke College, 1983; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ., 1984; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989; M.S.L, Yale, 2000; member of Phi Beta Kappa).  Academic title: Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University.  Link to Vanderbilt Law School Bio. She is the founder of the Carol Swain Foundation (2011) and Carol Swain Enterprises, L.LC. (2014).

Dr. Swain’s work on representation and race relations has earned her national and international accolades. Her highly acclaimed book, Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (1993, 1995 Harvard University Press; reprinted in 2006 by University Press of America) 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 Harmed 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 the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Johnson v. DeGrandy (1994) and by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in Georgia v. Ashcroft (2003).

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, edited with Russ Nieli), The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration (Cambridge University Press, 2002) that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Race Versus Class: The New Affirmative Action Debate (University Press of America, 1996). Her latest book, co-authored with Steve Feazel, is titled: Who’s Stealing our Kids?: The Hidden Agenda to Secularize Our Children (Charisma House, forthcoming June 2016).

A widely recognized expert on campaign and elections, racial politics, immigration reform, and religious liberty.  Professor Swain has served on the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and  the National Endowment for the Humanities Council (2008-2014). 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 was a regular contributor to CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight and her media appearances include BBC World News, NPR, CNN’s Michael Smerconish, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Fox News Live, Fox News’ Hannity, Fox News’ Judge Jeanine, PBS’s News Hour, 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 Universities Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

In October 2012, Professor Swain launched the Be The People TV Show under the auspices of Eagle Wings Media, LLC.  Forty-two episodes aired between October 2012 and July 2014. The show debuted on an NBC affiliate Channel 4, WSMV. in Nashville, TN.  According to the Nielsen ratings, the highest audience reached on WSMV’s midnight time slot was 46,000 households.   In February 2014, Be the People TV moved to Fox 17 (WZTV).  The show aired its final episode in July 2014.  Since then, Be the People TV has operated as a blog for conservative thought. Past episodes are archived on Be the People’s Youtube Channel.


Reviews of Carol’s Speaking Engagements & Scholar Testimonials:

Carol Swain is a world-class communicator. She has the on-air charm of Oprah, the debating skills of Pat Buchanan, and the intellect of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.” -TJ Walker, President, Media Training Worldwide

“Professor Swain is an informed and eloquent speaker who champions the values of hard work, individual effort, and personal responsibility. Set against the backdrop of her own difficult struggle to succeed, her lectures provide a welcome alternative to prevailing trinity of group rights, government support, and collective guilt.” – Mark. W. Weber, Dean of Libraries, Kent State University

“Carol Swain is one of the most original and interesting thinkers I know. I recommend her work to anyone who wants to think hard about the problems this country faces” – Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

“Carol Swain shines a powerful light on issues…People across the ideological spectrum have a great deal to learn from this thoughtful and courageous scholar” – Robert P. George, Founding Director of the James Madison Program, Princeton University

“Professor Swain is one of the most perceptive political scientists. . . Her analyses challenge conventional wisdom . . .every one may not be persuaded by her articulate arguments, but no one will be able to ignore them.” – Lewis Bateman, Senior Editor, Cambridge University Press

“Carol Swain is doing some of the most courageous and innovative work at the intersection of law and politics today. [She] challenges entrenched positions.” – Richard Nagareda, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University.

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