Michael Eric Dyson (born October 23, 1958) is an academic, author, preacher, and radio host. He is Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. Described by Michael A. Fletcher as “a Princeton Ph.D. and a child of the streets who takes pains never to separate the two”, Dyson has authored or edited more than twenty books dealing with subjects such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Marvin Gaye, Barack Obama, Illmatic (Nas‘s debut album), Bill Cosby, Tupac Shakur and Hurricane Katrina.

Books in order of publication:

 Reflecting Black: African-American Cultural Criticism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.

 Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X, New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line, Reading, Massachusetts: Addison Wesley, 1996.

Between God and Gangsta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture, Oxford University Press, USA, 1997.

 I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr., New York: Free Press, 2000.

 Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2002.

Open Mike: Reflections on Philosophy, Race, Sex, Culture and Religion, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2002.

Why I Love Black Women, New York: Perseus Books Group, 2002.

The Michael Eric Dyson Reader, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2004.   Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2005.

 Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2005.

 Pride: The Seven Deadly Sins, New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

 Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster, New York: Perseus Books Group, 2006.

 Debating Race, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2007.

Know What I Mean? Reflections on Hip Hop. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2007.

 April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King’s Death and How it Changed America, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2008.

 Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2009.

 Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2010 (editor, with Sohail Daulatzai).

The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

 What Truth Sounds Like, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2018.

JAY-Z: Made in America, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2019.