Professor, Political Analyst, Author

Michael K. Fauntroy associate professor of public policy at George Mason University, where he teaches courses in civil rights policy and American government and specializes in race and American politics. Prior to joining the faculty at GMU, he was an analyst in American national government at the Congressional Research Service, where he provided research and consultations for members and committees of Congress. From 1993 to 1996, he was a civil rights analyst at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he monitored and conducted research on major civil rights issues.

Fauntroy is the author of Republicans and the Black Vote, was published in 2008 and was a Foreword Magazine 2007 Book of the Year Award Finalist. The book analyzes the historical relationship between African Americans and the Grand Old Party. He is also the author of Home Rule or House Rule? Congress and the Erosion of Local Governance in the District of Columbia. The book, published in 2003, details the evolution of District of Columbia governance. His next book, Mission Accomplished? Reflections on a Post-Racial America a collection of essays commenting on contemporary racial politics and culture.

Fauntroy is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and has been published in The Washington Times,, The Black Commentator, The Chicago Defender, and The Root. He has been quoted widely in print publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsday, Black Enterprise, The Washington Times, the New York Daily News, and the Boston Globe.

Fauntroy is a continuing media presence commenting and analyzing national issues. He has been heard or seen on national radio and television networks such as ABC (World News Tonight), CBS (Evening News and Saturday Early Show), CNN (American Morning), MSNBC (Hardball), Fox News (Hannity and Colmes), NBC (Nightly News and Today), Comcast (Your Morning), NPR (Talk of the Nation, Tell Me More, and News and Notes), PBS (The NewsHour and Tavis Smiley), Radio One, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Pacifica Radio, and XM Satellite Radio (POTUS '08). He was a featured analyst on NPR’s November 2010 election coverage.

Fauntroy is a graduate of Hampton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science from Howard University.

Lecture Topics

  • Republicans and the Black Vote
  • The State of Black America
  • The Contemporary Political Landscape  
  • The Effort to Destroy Black Voting Rights  
  • Social Consciousness in a World of Apathy  
  • The Arithmetic of Black Political Power


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