Holger Henke

Holger HenkeHolger Henke

Dr. Henke is director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies (Mona).  He earned an MA degree (Political Science, with double minor in Modern German Literature and Communications Sciences) from the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and a PhD in Government from the UWI, Mona.

Holger has a long relationship with CSA and was a member of the Executive Council for numerous years.  Between 2009 and 2012, he served in the leadership roles of Vice-President, President, and Immediate Past President.

Working in the United States, he was first affiliated with the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College (CUNY), before becoming a full-time faculty member in the Human Services program at Metropolitan College of New York.  He subsequently changed into senior academic administration, first working in the role of Assistant Provost of York College (CUNY) and subsequently serving as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost at Wenzhou-Kean University in China (i.e., a full-fledged and accredited cooperative American university campus in Wenzhou established by Kean University of New Jersey).  In 2014, he completed a course of study the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at Harvard University.  In the previous year, he had earned a Fulbright U.S.-UK International Education Administrators award. In 2010, Dr. Henke was recognized with a Certificate of Honorary Jamaican Citizenship by the Consulate General of Jamaica in New York for his “outstanding contribution and exemplary service to the Caribbean American and wider community of New York,” which he considers a particular point of pride.

There are now seven books as author or co-editor:

1) Between Self-Determination and Dependency: Jamaica’s Foreign Relations, 1972-1989, The University of the West Indies Press, Kingston 2000;

2) The End of the “Asian Model”?, (lead) co-editor with Ian Boxill, John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia 2000;

3) The West Indian Americans, Greenwood Press, Westport (CT) 2001.

4) Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean, (lead) co-editor with Fred Reno (Director, CAGI, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane), The University of the West Indies Press, Kingston 2003;

5) Crossing Over.  Comparing Recent Migration in the United States and Europe, editor, Lexington Books, Lanham 2005;

6) Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean, (lead) co-editor with Karl-Heinz Magister, Lexington Books, Lanham 2008;

7) New Political Culture in the Caribbean, (lead) co-editor with Fred Reno (Director, CAGI, Université des Antilles), The University of the West Indies Press, Kingston 2022;

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