He attended Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on an academic scholarship but left and completed his education at Northwestern High School. He entered Knoxville College as a freshman at the age of 21. Dyson received his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Carson-Newman College in 1985. He obtained his master's and Ph.D in religion from Princeton University in 1991 and 1993 respectively.
Dyson ministered various Baptist churches. He has taught at Chicago Theological Seminary (instructor to assistant professor, 1989-1992), Brown University (assistant professor, 1993-1995), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (assistant professor, 1995-1997), Columbia University (visiting distinguished professor, 1997-1999), DePaul University (visiting distinguished professor, 1999-2002), and the University of Pennsylvania (professor of humanities, Department Religious Studies, 2002-2007). Since 2007, he has been a Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. In 2010 Dyson edited "Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic". Dyson hosted a radio show, which aired on Radio One (now Urban One) from January 2006 to February 2007. He was also a commentator on National Public Radio and CNN, and is a regular guest on Real Time with Bill Maher. Beginning July 2011 Michael Eric Dyson became a political analyst for MSNBC.
In modern culture the ability to make decisions and choose the right path in life has extremely high value. But through the faith believers voluntarily surrender to God in love and joy.
Dyson is an adherent to the Democratic P|arty. He also believes that "Christians should seek to apply their spiritual and moral values to the political process rather than politicize the church".
He has been a member of Democratic Socialist Society of America.
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“Patricia Hill Collins: "Dyson manages to merge sophisticated theoretical analysis with a comprehensible and plausible interpretation of contemporary black culture”.”
Dyson married Theresa Taylor in 1977, but the couple divorced in 1979. Thereafter he married Brenda Joyce in 1982, but their marriage broke up in 1992. His third wife was Marcia Louise. They married in 1992, but now are separated. His children are Michael and Maisha.