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Paget Henry

Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology and Interim Chair

Paget Henry (Ph.D. in Sociology, Cornell University, 1976) is Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology and Interim Chair of the Department of Africana Studies. His specializations are Dependency Theory, Caribbean Political Economy, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Art and Literature, Africana Philosophy and Religion, Race and Ethnic Relations, Poststructuralism, and Critical Theory.

The editor of The C. L. R. James Journal, Professor Henry is also an external examiner for the University of the West Indies and the University of Guyana. He has presented papers in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, and he has organized several major conferences on such topics as C.L.R. James's Years in the U.S. and on Democracy and Development in the Caribbean.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Recognized by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education as 26th in its 30th most quoted black scholars in the humanities for 2003.
  • The 2003 Frantz Fanon Award of the Caribbean Philosophical Association for Caliban's Reason, which was judged the best book in the field of Africana thought for the last five years.
  • Research Fellow, Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies, City University of New York, August-December, 1986.
  • Research Fellow, Center for Inter-American Relations (CIR), 680 Park Avenue, New York, New York, February-July, 1982.
  • Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching (Department of Sociology, SUNY, Stony Brook, 1976-1979.
  • Cornell Social Sciences and Humanities Fellowship (Cornell University).
  • Ford Foundation Grant for, "Decolonization, Democracy and Development in the Caribbean." This was a Ford Foundation Grant ($45,000) for three major conferences and a number of discussion groups on the post-colonial problems of the Caribbean area. These conferences had as their aim the bringing together of Caribbean, Latin American and North American scholars.

Selected Publications

  • Shouldering Antigua and Barbuda: The Life of V.C. Bird (Hansib, 2010)
  • Caliban's Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (Routledge, 2000)
  • Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua (Transaction Books, 1985)
  • C. L. R. James's Caribbean (Duke University Press, 1992), co-editor with Paul Buhle
  • New Caribbean: Decolonization, Democracy, and Development (Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1983)
  • Professor Henry has published over eighty articles, essays, and reviews that have appeared in journals, newspapers, and magazines such as Caribbean Quarterly, Social and Economic Studies, The Cornell Journal of Social Relations, The Encyclopedia of the Left, Sociological Forum, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, C.L.R. James Journal, The American Journal of Sociology, The Antigua and Barbuda Forum, Third World Affairs, The Bulletin of Eastern Caribbean Affairs, and Blackworld. Several of his essays have been reprinted in anthologies on the best work in his fields.

Courses Taught

  • Economic Development and Social Change
  • Afro-Caribbean Philosophy
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociological Theory I and II
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Literature
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Caribbean History and Society
  • Comparative Colonial Cultures
  • Sociology of the Arts
  • Sociology of Cultural Development
  • Seminar on Critical Theory