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 MentionNovember 21, 2018
JFK's death wasn't just an end — it was also a crucial beginning

Kennedy's death is still marked as the tragic end of the bucolic postwar American dream. This is both unfortunate and shortsighted. Kennedy presided over a transformational era in American politics, a moment of national reckoning on issues of race, democracy and citizenship. Rather than viewing Kennedy's death as the end of an era, we should remember it as the start of America's Second Reconstruction, a period that would usher in new freedoms for a wide spectrum of historically marginalized citizens.

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Media MentionNovember 7, 2018
This is how the Democrats can win in 2020

LBJ Professor Peniel Joseph shares three preliminary lessons from Tuesday night's elections. 

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Media MentionJuly 4, 2018
America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time

As we celebrate July 4, it’s worth remembering that freedoms now taken for granted have come at a high cost in comparison to the rhetorical wars being waged by partisans in our increasingly divided and divisive political culture, writes LBJ Professor Peniel Joseph in the Washington Post. 

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