Dr. William T. Hoston Sr.

Professor | Author  | Leader 

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I just want to be an example. Many have come before me, and hopefully, those that come after will be inspired by the example that I have set.

Dr. William T. Hoston Sr. is an award-winning scholar and author who hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a tenured full professor of political science and the inaugural director of the Mellon Center for Faculty Excellence at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU).  

Dr. Hoston holds research interests in the areas of minority voting behavior, political behavior of Black politicians, race and minority group behavior, Black masculinity, sexualities and gender, race and crime, and theories and dynamics of racism and oppression. His work traverses multiple genres, including editorials, essays, fiction, and poetry.

In 2013, he released the documentary, "Black Dot in a White World: Critical Discourse Among Black Males in the Obama Era."

He is the author or editor of 20-plus books, most recently, Contemporary Debates in Social Justice (2021), The Mood of a Gracious Life (2020), and Power to the People, Vol. III (2020). His academic book, Toxic Silence, which examined the deaths of Black trans women, won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Studies in 2019. 

Dr. Hoston is currently working on three academic books: (1) Black Political Puppets in the Post-Trump Era: The Fight for Black Liberation (monograph); (2) The Crucial Conversation (w/ Drs. Laurette B. Foster and Farrah G. Cambrice, Eds); and (3) 'The Hill' We Climbed (w/Dr. Will Guzman, Eds). See Hoston's CV.


Most recently, he became a co-editor of the Afro-Texans series at Texas Tech University Press. This series explores how African Americans fit, challenged, and expanded historical narratives concerning the general interpretation of Texan identity.




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Power to the People: The Time

Is Now

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Toxic Silence

2019 Lammy Winner 

LGBTQ Studies

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Contemporary Debates

in Social Justice