Dr. Carson was born in Buffalo, New York and now lives in Palo Alto. He became a member of Stanford's department of history since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975. Carson has also served as visiting professor or visiting fellow at colleges and universities (nationally and internationally).
Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson has devoted most his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Under his direction, the King Papers Project has produced six volumes of a definitive, comprehensive edition of speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Dr. Carson has also edited numerous other books based on King's papers. In 2005 the King Papers Project became part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, with Dr. Carson serving as the institute's founding director.
Further information about Dr. Carson is available from his website.