Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Her research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice, and equality in the United States. She is the author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation’s Divide, a New York Times bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of 2016, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner. She is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955; Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960, and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Galbraith Award in non-fiction.
She has been elected into the Society of American Historians, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition to numerous teaching awards, her research has garnered fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee. She was awarded the 2022 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, which recognizes outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations.
Anderson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Miami University and a doctorate in history from The Ohio State University. She was an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri before joining the faculty at Emory in 2009.