Carol Anderson is professor of African American Studies at Emory University. She is a human and civil rights advocate and an expert on African American history and 20th century politics. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed White Rage, published by Bloomsbury (2016) as well as Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Cambridge University Press), which was awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards.
Anderson’s research has garnered fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She has served on working groups dealing with race at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations. Eyes Off the Prize has been used by Amnesty International, USA, the ACLU, the Ford Foundation and other organizations to frame and examine their human rights work in the United States.
Anderson has provided commentary in Foreign Policy, Washington Post, and CNN.com that places contemporary issues dealing with race, human rights, and politics in a historical perspective. Her Washington Post op-ed, “White Rage,” was the most widely shared for the paper in 2014.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University where she earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in Political Science (International Relations) and History and earned her Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University.
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