Biography

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 multi-year project to create a research and data hub at three major cities across Canada, that will also  encourage access to higher education for Black youth, initiated by the Jean Augustine Chair at York University. Professor Henry is a 2021-2022 Wall Scholar at the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.