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Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
Peniel Joseph
Professor of History
African American, Race Relations, Intellectual History, Civil Rights and Black Power


Peniel E. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of the award-winning Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama as well as editor of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level.

He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights whose commentary has been featured on NPR and Public Radio nationally. During the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions Professor Joseph provided historical commentary for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University's Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ford Foundation, his essays have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, The New York Times, The Black Scholar, Souls, and American Historical Review. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.


  • Ph.D. Temple University
  • B.A. SUNY at Stony Brook


  • Boston Globe Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List (Waiting til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America), 2008
  • Charles Warren Center Fellowship for the Study of North American History, Harvard University, 2008
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2007
  • Finalist, Mark Lynton History Prize, 2007
  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding Book Ward, Gustavas Myers Center, 2007
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, Northeast Black Studies Alliance, Fairfield University, 2007

Major Publications

  • Joseph, Peniel E., ed. "The New Black Power History," Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. New York: Taylor and Francis, 9 2008.
  • Joseph, Peniel E.. ""Revolution in Babylon: Stokely Carmichael and America in the 1960s"." Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 9. 4 (2008): 281-301.
  • Joseph, Peniel E.. "Book Review." Rev. of New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society, by Germany, Kent B.. American Historical Review vol. 113 of 1 February 2008: 224-225.
  • Joseph, Peniel E.. "Choosing Sides." Rev. of Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal and Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past, by Kennedy, Randall and Bartlett, Bruce. The Washington Post Book World January, 13, 2008: C5.
  • Joseph, Peniel E.. "From Black Power to Barack Obama." The Brooklyn Rail February 2008: 10-11.
  • Joseph, Peniel E.. ""Acts of Righteous Disobedience"." Rev. of Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America, by Hogan, Wesley C.. The Washington Post May 31, 2007: C5.
  • Joseph, Peniel E.. ""Lift Every Voice"." Democracy 7. (2007): 81-89.
  • Joseph, Peniel E.. ""Unpeakable History"." Rev. of The N Word: Who can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why, by Asim, Jabari. The Washington Post March 27, 2007: C02.
  • Joseph, Peniel E.. Waiting Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. July 2007. Paperback ed. New York: Owl Books, 2007.