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 MentionMarch 6, 2018
Recap: ‘Kerner at 50’ Event Examines Past and Present Racial Inequalities

The last surviving member of the Kerner Commission Sen. Fred Harris joined a panel of scholars at the LBJ Library on March 6 to reflect on the origins of the report and discuss the stark parallels between now and then.

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Media MentionMarch 3, 2018
Settle in with these weekend reads

The creative ambitions of two groundbreaking films, "Black Panther" and "Call Me By Your Name," revolutionize how moviegoers see love and everyday life, says Peniel Joseph.

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Media MentionMarch 2, 2018
Seeing your world - and your love - on screen matters

"Black Panther" has been embraced, debated and viewed by millions in a fashion that can only be described as a cultural and political phenomenon. LBJ Professor and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy Peniel Joseph says the film has unquestionably put at the center of conversation groups that traditionally have fought their way from Hollywood's margins. 

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