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.



NewsNovember 8, 2019
Experts explore “Green New Deal” and “European New Deal” at LBJ School, UT Austin
Experts on economics, climate change, politics and social policy, political leaders and activists will explore the elements of a "Green New Deal" in Europe and America and the "European New Deal" project of the Democracy in Europe Movement during the New Deals in Europe and America conference. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, Nov. 11, and Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
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Media MentionSeptember 5, 2019
America's 'democratic experiment' is inextricably tied to the history of slavery

The year 1619 laid out rough boundaries of citizenship, freedom, and democracy that are still being policed, says LBJ Professor Peniel Joseph. 

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Media MentionJuly 16, 2019
Civil rights and Ronald Walters' career

On Lectures in History, C-SPAN visits the LBJ School to film the class of Professor Peniel Joseph, who teaches about the life and career of civil rights pioneer Ronald Walters. 

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