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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,
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
- Charles Warren Center Fellowship for the Study of North
American History, Harvard University, 2008
- Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians,
- Finalist, Mark Lynton History Prize, 2007
- Honorable Mention, Outstanding Book Ward, Gustavas Myers
- W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, Northeast Black Studies Alliance,
Fairfield University, 2007
- 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):
- 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:
- 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:
- Joseph, Peniel E.. ""Lift Every Voice"." Democracy 7.
- 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.