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.” 

Newsworthy

NewsApril 13, 2017
LBJ School Center for the Study of Race and Democracy Hosts Men's Basketball Coach Shaka Smart for Conversation on Sports, Democracy

The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at the LBJ School hosted a Conversation on Race, Sports and Citizenship featuring UT Austin’s men’s Head Basketball Coach Shaka Smart.

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Media MentionApril 6, 2017
Why Black Lives Matter Still Matters

Three years after BLM launched a nationwide uprising against police violence, what's next for the movement? In this special section, Peniel Joseph, a leading African American historian, explores how the group is forging a powerful new form of civil rights activism. 

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NewsApril 3, 2017
This speech made Martin Luther King Jr. revolutionary

LBJ Professor Peniel Joseph discusses MLK's revolutionary speech at Riverside Church, 50 years ago. 

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