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.

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Media MentionNovember 12, 2020
The 100 must-read books of 2020

In this brilliantly braided biography, LBJ School professor Peniel E. Joseph tells the story of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., their identity, and how their ideas shaped America, making clear that we can never fully understand one without the other.

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NewsNovember 6, 2020
LBJ's Peniel Joseph appointed to committee to document the history of 'The Eyes of Texas'

LBJ Professor Peniel Joseph has been appointed to a committee of two dozen faculty scholars, students and alumni — including athletes and Longhorn Band representatives — that has been charged with documenting the facts and chronicling the nearly 120-year history of "The Eyes of Texas" as part of The University of Texas at Austin's commitment to fully own, acknowledge and teach about its school song.

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Media MentionNovember 6, 2020
Committee appointed to document the history of 'The Eyes of Texas'

A committee of two dozen faculty scholars, students and alumni — including athletes and Longhorn Band representatives — has been charged with documenting the facts and chronicling the nearly 120-year history of "The Eyes of Texas" as part of The University of Texas at Austin's commitment to fully own, acknowledge and teach about its school song.

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