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.” 


FeatureFebruary 15, 2019
A conversation with CSRD Founder Peniel Joseph

The professor of public affairs, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy talks about the Center's work and its mission at the LBJ School and The University of Texas at Austin: to promote engaged research, scholarship and discussion.

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Media MentionFebruary 2, 2019
Ralph Northam's yearbook page reveals much more than a young man's mistake

The revelation that Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam appeared either in blackface or dressed in the hooded robe and uniform of a Ku Klux Klansman in his 1984 medical school yearbook, coming at the start of Black History Month, has produced national controversy and calls for the governor's resignation by Democrats and Republicans.

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Media MentionJanuary 15, 2019
America loves to praise Martin Luther King Jr. But we ignore his message

On #MLK90, we remember Dr. King and his fight for racial justice. Read more from LBJ Professor Peniel Joseph.

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