Holger Henke serves as director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at Mona (Jamaica) campus of the University of the West Indies. While working in the US, he was Assistant Director at the Caribbean Research Center of Medgar Evers College (CUNY) and held a full-time faculty position in the Human Services program at Metropolitan College of New York. He then transitioned to senior academic administration in the role of Assistant Provost of York College (CUNY). Dr. Henke subsequently served as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost at Wenzhou-Kean University in China.
Dr. Henke has published a variety of scholarly articles and book chapters, and seven books, including Between Self-Determination and Dependency: Jamaica’s Foreign Relations, 1972-1989, The West Indian Americans, and The End of the Asian “Model.” As a self-described “trespassing political scientist,” his scholarly interests range from issues of political economy and development, to international relations, to culture and political culture, migration, political philosophy, and history.
Dr. Henke holds an MA in Political Science (with a double minor in Modern German Literature and Communications Sciences) from the University of Munich, and a PhD in Government from the University of the West Indies. He has participated in the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University and was awarded a Fulbright US-UK International Education Administrators Award. In 2010 Holger received a Certificate of Honorary Jamaican Citizenship and has served the Caribbean Studies Association in the leadership roles of Vice-President, President and Immediate Past President.