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 (CSRD). 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, Dr. 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, Dr. Joseph's most recent book is The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. He also 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 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 MentionAugust 31, 2020
UT Austin Professor: School's History Of Segregation And Racism Still Complicates Campus Life Today

Numbers from UT Austin show that only 5.1% of its students are Black. While the university says the number of Black undergraduates on campus has risen over the past few years, the percentage is still small.


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NewsAugust 28, 2020
LBJ School at Texas Tribune Festival 2020

Alumni and faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs will lead conversations on urban policy, state and local government and more at the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival. LBJ School students are part of the festival’s social media insider team, which comes with access to 30 days of online programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. Find out more at 

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Media MentionAugust 27, 2020
Are most white Americans guilty of 'supremacy' or just 'privilege'?

The history of white supremacy is complex and the meaning of that term is often disputed. For more on that topic, The World's host Carol Hills spoke with Peniel Joseph, the founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin.

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