Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies


PAGET HENRY (Ph.D. in Sociology, Cornell University, 1976) is Professor of Sociology and 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. He has served on the faculties of S.U.N.Y.Stony Brook, University of the West Indies (Antigua) and the University of Virginia.   He is the author of Caliban's Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (Routledge, 2000), Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua (Transaction Books, 1985), and co-editor of C.L.R. James's Caribbean (Duke UP, 1992) and New Caribbean: Decolonization, Democracy, and Development (Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1983).  His more than fifty articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals, newspapers, and magazines 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, The American Journal of Sociology, the Antigua and Barbuda Forum, Third World Affairs, The Bulletin of Eastern Caribbean Affairs, and Blackworld. Several of Henry's essays have been reprinted in anthologies on the best work in his fields.  Henry is editor of The C.L.R. James Journal and co-editor of the Routledge series Africana Thought. He is also an external examiner for the University of the West Indies and the University of Guyana.  Henry 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.  Henry was Director of Afro-American Studies from 1993 to 1999, and he has served on numerous university and departmental committees, including the Committee on Minority Faculty and Hiring.  His awards and fellowships include Research Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies, Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Relations, and a Ford Foundation Grant.  Henry formerly taught at the University of Virginia and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was a recipient of the Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching four consecutive years (1976 to1980). Henry's distinction also includes the Frederick Sperling Award in Philosophy (City College, 1970).    Henry's courses at Brown include Social Change; Political Sociolgy; 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; and Afro-Caribbean Philosophy.

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