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Carol Moseley Braun

Visiting Professor


Research Interest(s): US Political and Military History; Change and the Dynamic of Power in the US; the role of Diversity, Race and Gender intersectionality in shaping public policy

Program Area(s): Methods; American Politics

Regional Specialization(s): United States

Subfield Specialties: American Political Development; Feminist and Gender Studies; International Organizations and International Law; Law and Politics; Political Parties; Race, Ethnicity and Politics


Carol Moseley Braun jokingly describes herself as a “recovering politician” who is on her fourth career. She currently is the founder and manager of Good Food Organics, a  beverage company specializing in certified organic coffees, teas, cocoa and olive oil. She began her career as an Assistant United States Attorney (Northern District of Illinois, 1973-1977), and then went on to be Assistant Majority leader in the Illinois General Assembly (1978-1988), a county Executive (Recorder of Deeds, 1988-1992), a United States Senator (1992-1998) and United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa (1998-2001). She ran for President (2002), but withdrew before the Iowa primary vote.  She was the first woman to serve on the Senate Finance committee, and is the only African American woman to ever be elected to the US Senate. She holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois (1968) and a J.D. from the University of Chicago (1972).   She has received more than 200 awards for public service, including 11 Honorary Doctorates.  In 2002 a newly constructed elementary school was named in her honor.  The school team is called the Ambassadors. 

 Moseley Braun has taught both undergraduate and graduate school classes in political science and business law.   She serves on the Board of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the diplomatic advisory committee for the WW1 Commission, the Board of North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company, and is principal of CMB1 LLC.   She has an adult son, Matthew, and is a member of St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church.
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