Dr. Annette Henry



Annette Henry holds the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. She is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and cross-appointed to the Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice. 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 2018 recipient of the Canadian Association of University Teachers Equity Award.

Selected Publications


Tozer, S., Gallegos, S., & Henry, A. (2011).
In S. Tozer, B. Gallegos, and A. Henry (Eds.), Handbook of research in the social foundations of education. New York: Routledge.

Henry, A. (1998).
Taking back control: Black women teachers’ activism and the education of African Canadian children. New York: State University of New York Press.

Journal Articles/Book Chapters
Henry, A. (2017). Culturally relevant pedagogies: Possibilities and challenges for African Canadian Children [Special issue: Twenty-year retrospective of culturally relevant pedagogy, G. Ladson-Billings, & A. Dixon (Eds.)]. Teachers College Record, 119(1), 1-27.

Henry, A. (2016). An experiment that worked: Lesson from an inner-city school in Chicago. Caribbean Journal of Education, 38(1), xiv-xxix.

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). 'Nostalgia for what cannot be': An interpretive and social biography of Stuart Hall's early years in Jamaica and England, 1932-1959. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(2), 227–242.

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.

Henry, A. (2012).  The problematics of multiculturalism in a post-racial America: Notes from an Anti-multiculturalist. In H. Wright, M. Singh, R. Race, (Eds).Precarious International Multicultural Education: Hegemony, Dissent, and Rising Alternatives (pp.41-60) Boston: Sense Publishers.

Henry A. (2012). Patwa, It’s power, politics and possibilities. Jamaica in the Canadian Experience:  A Multiculturalizing Presence.  C. James and A. Davis, (Eds.) pp.98-105. Halifax: Fernwood Press.

Henry, A. (2011). Feminist theory. In S. Tozer, B. Gallegos, and A. Henry (Eds.), Handbook of research in the social foundations of education. New York: Routledge.

Henry, A. (2009). Race and gender in classrooms: Implications for teachers. In J. Banks and C. McGee- Banks (Eds.), Multicultural education: Issues and perspectives (8th ed.). John Wiley & Sons.

Henry, A. (2009). Section Editor for Race, ethnicity and language: seeking social justice. In W. Ayers, T. Quinn and D. Stovall (Eds.), Handbook of social justice in education   (pp. 167-276). New York: Routledge.

Henry, A. (2006). Historical studies: Groups/institutions. In G. Camilli, P. Elmore, and J. Green (Eds.), Complementary methods for research in education (pp. 271-293). Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.

Henry, A. (2006-May/June). “There’s salt-water in our blood”: The ‘Middle Passage’ epistemology of two Black mothers regarding the spiritual education of their daughters. In L. Tillman (Ed.), International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 19(3), 329-345.

Henry, A. (2005).  “Anayme n’ti: As long as I live, I shall never eat weeds”—The Online Institute as a Catalyst for research and action. In J. King (Ed.), Black education: civilization or barbarism? (pp. 323-328). Mahwah, NJ:  Erlbaum.

Henry, A.  (2005). Black feminist pedagogy: Critiques and contributions. In W. Watkins (Ed.), Black protest thought (pp. 89-106).  New York: Peter Lang.

Henry, A.  (2005). Writing in the margins of classroom life: A teacher/researcher partnership using dialogue journals.  In S. Schecter and L. Alvarez (Eds.), Learning, teaching, community. Mahwah, NJ:  Erlbaum.

Henry, A. (2001).  “Looking two ways”: Identity, research and praxis in the Caribbean community. In A. Willis and B. Merchant (Eds.), Multiple and intersecting identities in qualitative research (pp.161-168). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Henry, A.  (2001).The politics of unpredictability in a reading/writing discussion group with girls from the Caribbean. In C. Lewis and P. Enciso (Eds), [Special issue] “Already reading: children, texts, and contexts.”  Theory into practice, 40(3), 184-189.

Henry, A. (2001).Researching curriculum and race: A response to William Watkins. In W. Watkins, J. Lewis, and V. Chou (Eds.), Race and education:  The roles of history and society in educating African American students (pp. 66-72 ). Boston:  Allyn and Bacon.

Henry, A. (2001). Stuart Hall and cultural studies: theory letting you off the hook? In L. Stone and K. Weiler (Eds.), Feminist engagements: Revisioning educational and cultural theory (pp. 165-182).  New York: Routledge.

Henry, A.  (2001). Thoughts on Black Women in the Workplace: A Space Not Intended for Us. In C. C. Brunner,  L. Peyton-Caire, and M. Simms (Eds.), Women of color and the superintendency,  [Special issue] Urban education  35(5),  520-524.

Henry, A.  (2000). Black women teachers’ positionality and “everyday acts.”  In A. Calliste and G. Dei (Eds.), Power, knowledge and anti-racism education: A critical reader (pp. 93-98). Halifax, Nova Scotia:  Fernwood Publishing.

Henry, A.  (1998). ‘Invisible’ and ‘womanish’: Black girls negotiating their lives in an African-centered school in the USA.  Race, ethnicity and education, 1(2), 151-170.

Henry, A.  (1998). Speaking up and speaking out: Examining voice in a reading/writing program with adolescent African Caribbean girls. Journal of Literacy Research, 30(2), 233-252.

Henry, A.  (1998). Learning from the teaching of African Canadian women: A reflection. In C. James and V. D’Oyley (Eds.), Re/visioning Canadian perspectives on the education of Africans in the late 20th century (pp. 120-138). North York, Ontario: Captus Press.

Henry, A.  (1997). Missing: Black self-representations in Canadian educational research. In M. Bryson and S. De Castell (Eds.), Radical In<ter>ventions: Identity, politics and difference/s in educational praxis (pp. 131-151).  Albany: SUNY.

Henry, A.  (1996). A wha’ dem a go on wid? (Poem).   Frontiers: a Journal of Women Studies, 16(1), 27-28.

Henry, A.  (1996). Five Black women teachers critique child-centered pedagogy: Possibilities and limitations of oppositional standpoints.  Curriculum Inquiry26(4), 363-384.

Henry, A.  (1996). Literacy, Black self-representation and cultural practice: Implications for teaching children of African heritage. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 9(2), 1-16.

Henry, A.  (1995). Growing up Black, female and working class: A teacher’s narrative. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 26(3), 279-305.

Henry, A.  (1995). Better a maroon than a mammy: Reflections from my own race and gender. In J. Gaskell & J. Willinsky (Eds.), Gender in/forms curriculum (pp. 15-19).  New York: Teachers College Press.

Henry, A.  (1994). The empty shelf and other curricular challenges of teaching for children of African descent: Implications for teacher practice.   Urban Education29(3), 298-319

Henry, A.  (1994). There are no safe places: Pedagogy as powerful and dangerous terrain. Action in Teacher Education, 15, 4-14.

Henry, A.  (1993). Missing: Black self representations in Canadian educational research. Canadian Journal of Education, 18, 206-221

Henry, A.  (1992). African Canadian women teachers’ activism: Recreating communities of caring and resistance.  Journal of Negro Education, 61(3), 392-404

Ladson Billings, G., &  Henry, A.  (1990). Blurring the borders: Voices of African liberatory pedagogy in the United States and Canada.  Journal of Education172(2), 72-88.