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Michael Eric Dyson

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University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies

University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School

Centennial Chair in African American and Diaspora Studies




  • BA – Carson-Newman College, 1985
  • MA – Princeton University, 1991
  • PhD – Princeton University, 1993


Michael Eric Dyson is an academic, author, ordained minister, and radio host. He has authored or edited more than twenty books dealing with subjects such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Marvin Gaye, Barack Obama, Nas's debut album Illmatic, Bill Cosby, Tupac Shakur and Hurricane Katrina.