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Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson (born June 17, 1959) is an American academic. She is the Charles Howard Candler professor of African American Studies at Emory University.[2] Her research focuses on public policy with regard to race, justice, and equality.[2][3]

Carol Elaine Anderson
At the Texas Book Festival on November 5, 2017
Born (1959-06-17) June 17, 1959[1]
Board member ofNational Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
DisciplineAfrican American Studies
InstitutionsEmory University
Notable worksWhite Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide


Anderson earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1981 and 1983, respectively.[4][2] She earned a PhD in history from Ohio State University in 1995.[5][2] She was awarded a fellowship to study at Harvard University in 2005, where she worked on her book, Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941–1960.[5]


Anderson worked as an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri in Columbia.[4] She was awarded a fellowship for teaching excellence in 2001.[6] In 2009, Anderson joined the faculty of the African American Studies department at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.[7][2]

In an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2014, Anderson argued that the unrest following the 2014 Ferguson shooting was a manifestation of "white rage", or white backlash against African American advancement.[8] The column was one of the most-read articles of the year, receiving thousands of comments, and Anderson was offered a book contract.[9] The resulting book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, expanded on the history of anti-black racism and retaliation in the United States.[9][10][11]

White Rage became a New York Times Best Seller,[12] and was listed as a notable book of 2016 by The New York Times,[13] The Washington Post,[14] The Boston Globe,[15] and the Chicago Review of Books.[16] White Rage was also listed by The New York Times as an Editors' Choice,[17] and won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.[18]

Anderson has discussed the historical context of voter suppression in relation to alleged intimidation of minority voters during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.[19][20] She has also claimed that "white rage" was the reason for the election of Donald Trump.[21]

Anderson has protested against human rights abuses of farm workers in Florida, in alliance with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). She joined the CIW in calling for the supermarket chain Publix to join the Fair Food Program in response.[22]

Anderson was a member of the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of State.[23] She is on the Board of Directors of the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI).[24]

Anderson is featured in the 2019 documentary After Selma, directed by Loki Mulholland, where she describes the history and current state of voter suppression in the United States.[25]

Selected publications

  • Anderson, Carol (April 21, 2003). Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944–1955. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521531580.
  • Anderson, Carol (December 8, 2014). Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941–1960. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521763783.
  • Anderson, Carol (May 31, 2016). White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN 9781632864147.
  • Anderson, Carol (September 11, 2018). One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN 9781635571370.
  • Anderson, Carol (June 1, 2021). The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN 9781635574258.

Selected awards and recognition


  1. "Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. "Carol Anderson". Emory University. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  3. "Carol Anderson". National Economic & Social Rights Initiative. Archived from the original on December 6, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  4. "Alum Carol Anderson to speak on lynching and U.S. foreign policy". Miami University. January 13, 2004. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  5. "Making History at The Ohio State University" (PDF). Department of History. The Ohio State University. 2004–2005. pp. 41–42. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  6. "William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence". Office of the Provost. University of Missouri. Archived from the original on September 24, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  7. "Emory prof to discuss racism at UofL". The Courier-Journal. October 19, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  8. Carol Anderson (August 29, 2014). "Ferguson isn't about black rage against cops. It's white rage against progress". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  9. Elaine Justice (May 31, 2016). "Anderson explores country's racial past, present in 'White Rage'". Emory University. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  10. Jesse McCarthy (June 24, 2016). "Why Are Whites So Angry?". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  11. Sheila Poole (October 18, 2016). "Author and Emory prof Carol Anderson on "white rage"". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  12. "Race and Civil Rights". The New York Times. August 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  13. "100 Notable Books of 2016". The New York Times. November 23, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  14. "Notable nonfiction books in 2016". The Washington Post. November 17, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  15. "Best books of 2016". Boston Globe. December 7, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  16. Adam Morgan (December 14, 2016). "The Best Nonfiction Books of 2016". Chicago Review of Books. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  17. "Editors' Choice". The New York Times. July 1, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  18. "National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Award Winners". National Book Critics Circle. March 16, 2017. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  19. Ricky Riley (November 1, 2016). "Emory Professor Perfectly Sums Up How Black Resistance Is Met with Extreme White Backlash". Atlanta Black Star. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  20. "Democrats Sue Trump & GOP Under 1871 KKK Act for Threatening Voters of Color". Democracy Now!. November 1, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  21. Carol Anderson (November 16, 2016). "Donald Trump Is the Result of White Rage, Not Economic Anxiety". Time. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  22. ""Atrocities: Not our Business" by Emory University Professor and NESRI Board Member Carol Anderson". National Economic & Social Rights Initiative. October 29, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  23. "Historical Advisory Committee – About Us". Office of the Historian. U.S. Department of State. June 2006. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  24. "Board of Directors". National Economic & Social Rights Initiative. Archived from the original on February 26, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  25. "After Selma". Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  26. "Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award Winners". Minnesota State University Moorhead. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  27. "The Myrna F. Bernath Book Award". The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  28. "Carol Anderson & Michael Tesler". Politico. Retrieved February 1, 2017.

Further reading

  • Current Biography Yearbook 2017. Ipswich, Massachusetts : Grey House Publishing, [2017]. ©2017.
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