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.



NewsApril 11, 2019
The LBJ School at the Summit on Race in America

The LBJ School community of students, faculty, alumni and staff was proud to partake — on stage, in the audience and online — in The Summit on Race in America, hosted by the LBJ Foundation April 8–10. Civil rights leaders, activists, musicians and comedians gathered for three days of candid conversations on America's racial divide.

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Media MentionApril 7, 2019
Commentary: A Summit on Race and the search for the elusive ‘beloved community’

Peniel Joseph, the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, writes on the Summit on Race in America:

"The Summit on Race in America represents an important and timely intervention in the way in which we approach the idea of racial justice at the local, state and national level. It invites us to come together, talk, listen, debate, and learn from each other."

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Media MentionMarch 28, 2019
Cory Booker's blend of personal and political could catch fire

The political contradictions between a moderate past and a progressive future that the candidacy of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)  faces also impact the entire Democratic Party field, from veteran politicians such as Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders to fresh-faced newcomers such as Beto O'Rourke, writes LBJ School Professor Peniel Joseph.

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