The South's New Racial Politics: Inside the Race Game of Southern History (2009)
Stealth Reconstruction: An Untold Story of Racial Politics in Recent Southern History (2010)
Professor-Politician: The Biography
Congressman Glen Browder
Glen Browder--who served as a U.S. Congressman, Alabama Secretary of State, and Alabama State Legislator—is the subject of a new biography relating his experiences as a practical but reform-oriented politician.
Journalist Geni Certain wrote
collaboration with Browder, who is now Professor Emeritus in American
Democracy at Jacksonville State University. Certain brings
to this project a very diverse and extensive background in journalism and
newspaper work. She was editor-in-chief of the Talladega Daily Home; and she
previously served in several capacities with the Anniston Star. She is a
communications graduate of the
NewSouth Books, located in
In Professor-Politician, Certain recounts Browder's involvement in issues such as constitutional reform, education reform, election reform, and budget reform at the state and federal levels. The "Professor-Politician" terminology refers to Browder's career-long effort to straddle philosophical ideals and the practicalities of political life in Montgomery and Washington.
"I never dreamed of being one of Plato's mythical Philosopher-Kings, but I did aspire to achieve as much philosophically-progressive reform as was politically possible. So I embarked, with precariously-balanced baggage of ideals and realities, on a tricky journey of philosophy, politics, and reform.
"To generalize broadly, I've traveled a difficult but enjoyable course over the
years, sometimes achieving significant, enduring reform and often
compromising, uncomfortably but willingly, to the realities of the
moment. In the process, my career--including work as an academician,
party activist, campaign consultant, and elected official in local, state,
national, and international politics--has given me full appreciation of the
possibilities and limitations of public service, a realization of my own
civic strengths and weaknesses, and a better understanding of
Professor-Politician is the third in a series of
NewSouth books for Browder. He also has authored The South's New Racial Politics (2009) and he
co-authored Stealth Reconstruction
(2010) with Dr. Artemesia Stanberry.