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Dr. Henry Giroux

Department of English and Cultural Studies, Chester New Hall – 229
905-525-9140 ext. 26551
Office Hours:
Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Dr. Henry A. Giroux, who teaches ARTSSCI 4CB3 / Education Inquiry, currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the Dept. of English and Cultural Studies. In 2002, he was named as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period in Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present as part of Routledge’s Key Guides Publication Series. In 2005, Dr. Giroux received an honorary doctorate from Memorial University. In 2015 he was honoured with a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University as well the Changing the World Award and the Paulo Freire Democratic Project Social Justice Award. In 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of the University from the University of the West of Scotland, UK. In 2019, Dr. Giroux was named the winner of the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award, given annually by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) to writers who exemplify the principles of free expression, inclusivity, and media accountability. He is on the editorial and advisory boards of numerous national and international scholarly journals, and he has served as the editor or co-editor of four scholarly book series. He co-edited a series on education and cultural studies with Paulo Freire for over a decade.

Dr. Giroux is a regular contributor to a number of online journals including Truthout, Boston Review, Salon, and CounterPunch. He has published in many journals including Social Text, Third Text, Cultural Studies, Harvard Educational Review, Social Identities, Symploke, Theory, Culture, & Society, and Monthly Review. He is on the Board of Directors for Truthout. His most recent books include:  The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Beyond America’s Disimagination Machine (City Lights, 2014); Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of the Spectacle (co-authored with Brad Evans, City Lights, 2015); Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2016); America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017); The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of Authoritarianism (Routledge 2018), American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism (City Lights Books, 2018); Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education, 2nd edition (Chicago: Haymarket, 20109) On Critical Pedagogy, 2nd Edition (Bloomsbury 2019);  The Terror of the Unforeseen (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2019), Race, Politics, and Pandemic Pedagogy (Bloomsbury, 2020), and the forthcoming Pedagogy of Resistance: Against Manufactured Ignorance (Bloomsbury: forthcoming). 

His primary research areas are: cultural studies, youth studies, critical pedagogy, popular culture, media studies, social theory, neoliberalism, the politics of higher and public education, and the politics of the civic imagination. He is particularly interested in what he calls the war on youth, the corporatization of higher education, the politics of neoliberalism, public pedagogy, the educative nature of politics, the rise of various youth movements across the globe, and the assault on civic literacy, the collapse of public memory, and the rise of fascist politics and apartheid pedagogy.

See interviews and commentaries on his work:

A Public Intellectual in a Time of Tyranny

Artsci Students Talk Culture and Politics with a Rock Star

Rethinking the Relationship between Education, Politics and Power in an Age of Pandemic

L’enseignement Supérieur selon Henry A. Giroux