Annette Henry

Dr. Annette Henry

Professor Emerita 604–822–6242 PCN 3007


Annette Henry is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and cross-appointed to the Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice. She was a former department head and held the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education in the Faculty of Education . She held previous positions at the University of Washington and the University of Illinois. She is the author of Taking Back Control: African Canadian Teachers’ lives and Practice, the first book on Black women teachers lives and practice in Canada. Her scholarship examines race, class, language, gender and culture in socio-cultural contexts of teaching and learning in the lives of Black students, Black oral histories, and Black women teachers’ practice in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean. She has written extensively about equity in the academy, diverse feminisms and conceptual and methodological research issues especially in culture-specific contexts. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Canadian Association of University Teachers Equity Award, Outstanding Contributions to Gender Award from the American Educational Research Association. She currently is principal investigator on two grants: a 10-year retrospective study of Black student success and well-being in the Faculty of Education, and a 5-year SSHRC-funded longitudinal critical oral history of Black people in Vancouver. She is co-investigator on an UBC Equity and Inclusion Scholar grant on the challenges of critical and social justice pedagogies, as well as co-investigator on a York-university initiated multi-year grant to create a research and data hub at three major cities across Canada that will also encourage access to higher education for Black youth. Professor Henry is a 2021-2022 Wall Scholar at UBC’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles/Book Chapters
Henry, A. (2021) What folks don’t get: How race, class and gender matter. Colour matters. (C. James, (Ed.). University of Toronto Press.
Henry, A., Opini, B., and Johnson, A. (forthcoming) Intersectionality in the Caribbean and Africa in The International Encyclopedia of Education (Tierney, Rizvi, f., Ercikan, K., & Smith, G., eds.). Elsevier..
Henry, A. (forthcoming) Killing us softly with questions. In A. Ibrahim, T. Kitossa, H. Wright, and M. Smith, (Eds.) The Nuances of Blackness. University of Toronto Press.
Henry, A. and James, C. (forthcoming) Race and the culture of Whiteness. Routledge Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (J. Solomos., ed.) London: Routledge.
Henry, A. (2020 in press) Killing us softly with questions. In A. Ibrahim, T. Kitossa, H. Wright, and M. Smith, (Eds.) The Nuances of Blackness. University of Toronto Press.
Henry, A. (2020) Guess who’s coming to dinner? That is, after you hire us. Guest contributor, Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities Ideas Blog.
Henry, A. (2019) Patricia Hill Collins: Re-Framing Sociology through Black Feminist Thought. Sage Encyclopedia of Research Methods. P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, M. Hardy, M. Williams, (Eds.). Online version accessible. Complete Volume in press.
Henry, A. (2019) Standing firm on uneven ground: A letter to Black women on academic leadership, in T. Kitossa, P. Howard & E. Lawson, (Eds.). African Canadian Leadership. Continuity, Transition and Transformation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Henry, A. (2018) Power, Politics, Possibilities: Thoughts Toward Creating a Black Digital Oral History Archive Edited by J. Anderson, R. Darvin, and S. Smythe, Editors, Special themed issue on Equity and Digital Literacies. Language and Literacy Journal, 20(3), 89-99.
Henry, A. (2017). Culturally relevant pedagogy in Canada: Possibilities and Challenges Regarding African Canadian Students. Special issue: A Dream Deferred: A Retrospective View of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, G. Ladson-Billings, and A. Dixson, (Eds.) Teachers’ College Record, 119(1), 1-27.
Henry, A. (2017). Dear White People, Wake Up, Canada is Racist,
Henry, A. (2016). Nostalgia for what cannot be. Reprint in Hall marks: The Cultural politics and public pedagogies of Stuart Hall. L. Roman, (Ed.). (pp. 87-92). New York: Routledge
Henry, A. (2016). An experiment that worked: Lesson from an inner-city school in Chicago. Caribbean Journal of Education, 38(1), xiv-xxix.
Cook L. and Henry, A. (2016) Eds. Special Issue of Caribbean Journal of Education: Changing the landscape of education in under-resourced schools and communities. 38(1).
Henry, A. (2015). Reflection: Groundings – A framework for educational inquiry. In King, J. E., Dysconscious racism, Afrocentric practice and education for human freedom: The through the years I keep on toiling: The selected works of Joyce E. King (pp. 19–21). New York: Routledge.
Roman, L., & Henry, A. (2015). Diasporic reasoning, affect, memory and cultural politics: An interview with Avtar Brah. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(2), 243–263.
Henry, A. (2015). "We especially welcome applications from visible minorities": Reflections on race, gender and life at three universities. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 18(5), 589–610.