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.
Dr. Joseph is the founder of a growing subfield in American History and Africana Studies that he has characterized as “Black Power Studies” which is actively rewriting postwar American and African American History as well as related interdisciplinary fields of Africana Studies, law and society, sociology, political science, Women’s and Ethnic Studies, philosophy, anthropology, literary studies, and American Studies to name a few.
He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights who appears on C-SPAN’s Book TV, NPR , and PBS’s NewsHour. During the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions Professor Joseph provided historical commentary for the PBS NewsHour.
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 Washington Post, Book Forum, and The American Historical Review.
Here The Lab NYC’s Arthur Kade talks to Dr. Joseph right before his appearance on The Colbert Report about the repeal of the Voter’s Rights Act, the Paula Dean debacle and more!
Here is Dr. Peniel Joseph on The Colbert Report right after chatting with me #InTheLab!