Joseph, Peniel | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Teaching Areas
  • Social Policy
  • Policy Process and Institutions

Peniel Joseph holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. His career focus has been on “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science. Prior to joining the UT faculty, Joseph was a professor at Tufts University, where he founded the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy affect people’s lives. In addition to being a frequent commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights, Joseph wrote the award-winning books “Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America” and “Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama.” His most recent book, “Stokely: A Life,” has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase “black power.” Included among Joseph’s other book credits is the editing of “The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era” and “Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level.” 


Media MentionAugust 25, 2017
Why America is wrestling with Confederate monuments

As the debate over Confederate statues continues, Professor Peniel Joseph talks about historical context of the Confederacy. Removing the statues, he says, represents "honoring the best of our history and not trying to somehow scrub or efface that history." 

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Media MentionAugust 19, 2017
Historians: 'Defending history' is complicated in the US

History's most enduring lesson is that change happens from the bottom up, says LBJ professor Peniel Joseph. 



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Media MentionAugust 13, 2017
Charlottesville spotlights Trump's toxic failure to lead

The President's "on all sides" comment implying a moral equivalency between hate groups and anti-racist protesters is grotesque, says LBJ professor Peniel Joseph. 

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