Charles Vernon Hamilton

Columbia University
Political scientist; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science


Charles V. Hamilton is the Wallace S. Sayre Professor Emeritus of Government at Columbia University. One of the first African Americans to hold an endowed chair at an Ivy League university, Hamilton focused his research on urban politics and the Civil Rights movement. His most famous book, which was a best-seller, was co-authored with Stokely Carmichael-Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America (1967). This book transformed Hamilton into a high-profile public intellectual. Another important book was his Adam Clayton Powell Jr.: The Political Biography of an American Dilemma (1991). Hamilton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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