About


Carol Horton, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, and activist working at the intersection of mindful yoga, social science, and social justice.

Carol Horton, Ph.D. for Illumine, Chicago

Carol Horton for Illumine, Chicago (2014)

Carol is the author or editor of five books:

  • Yoga PhD: Integrating the Life of the Mind & the Wisdom of the Body (author)
  • 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, & Practice (co-editor, with Roseanne Harvey)
  • Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans (editor)
  • Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System (editor)
  • Race and the Making of American Liberalism (author)

Carol serves as Vice President of the Yoga Service Council and was a co-founder of Chicago’s Socially Engaged Yoga Network. She has taught yoga in Chicago’s Cook County Jail, a drop-in center for homeless women, a residential foster care facility, a community health center, and several independent studios.

Carol is an Associate Editor of the scholarly journal Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity. Currently, she is facilitating and editing its first-ever Practitioners’s Forum, “Reinscribing ‘Tradition’ and ‘Modernity’: Paradigm Shifts in 21st Century Practice,” which will include considerations of contemporary yoga, mediation, and Chinese medicine.

An ex-political science professor, Carol holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago.