Henry Giroux

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Henry A. Giroux
Born (1943-09-18) September 18, 1943 (age 75)
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
OccupationAuthor, University Professor
NationalityAmerican, Canadian
SubjectCritical pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, cultural politics, social theory

Henry A. Giroux (born September 18, 1943) is an American and Canadian scholar and cultural critic. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory. In 2002 Routledge named Giroux as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period.[1]

A high-school social studies teacher in Barrington, Rhode Island, for six years,[2] Giroux has held positions at Boston University, Miami University, and Penn State University. In 2005, Giroux began serving as the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.[3][4] He has published more than 68 books, 200 chapters, and 400 articles, and is published widely throughout education and cultural studies literature.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Henry Giroux was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Alice (Waldron) and Armand Giroux.[6][7] Giroux completed an M.A. in history at Appalachian State University in 1968. After teaching high-school social studies in Barrington, Rhode Island, for six years, Giroux earned a D.A. (Doctor of Arts) in history at Carnegie-Mellon in 1977. His first position as a professor was in education at Boston University, which he held for the next six years. Following that, he became an education professor and renowned scholar in residence at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While there he also served as the founding Director of the Center for Education and Cultural Studies.[8]

In 1992, he began a 12-year position in the Waterbury Chair Professorship at Penn State University, also serving as the Director of the Waterbury Forum in Education and Cultural Studies.[9] In 2004 Giroux became the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.[10] In July 2014, he was named to the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest. He is currently the Director of the McMaster Centre for Research in the Public Interest. He is single and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he currently is a chaired professor for Scholarship in the Public interest at McMaster University.


Henry Giroux's writing has won many awards, and he has written for a range of public and scholarly sources. Giroux has written more than 65 books; published more than 400 papers; and published hundreds of chapters in others' books, articles in magazines, and more.

While at Miami University, Giroux was named as a Distinguished Scholar. He won the Visiting Distinguished Professor Award for 1987–1988 at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Between 1992 and 2004, he held the Waterbury Chair Professorship at Penn State University. He was awarded the Visiting Asa Knowles Chair Professorship by Northeastern University in 1995. He won a Tokyo Metropolitan University Fellowship for Research in August 1995.

In 1998, Giroux was selected to the Laureate Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi. He was awarded a Distinguished Visiting Lectureship in art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and 1999. He was the winner of a Getty Research Institute Visiting Scholar Award for May–June 2000. He was selected as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor at McMaster University in 2001.

Giroux 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" (2002). In 2001 he won the James L. Kinneavy Award for the most outstanding article published in JAC in 2001, which was presented by the Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition at the Conference on College Composition and Communication held in Chicago in March 2002. He was named by Oxford University to deliver the Herbert Spencer Lecture for 2002.

Giroux was selected as the Barstow Visiting Scholar for 2003 at Saginaw Valley State University. In 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Memorial University of Newfoundland.[11]

The University in Chains was named by the American Educational Studies Association as the recipient of the AESA Critics' Book Choice Award for 2008. He was named by the Toronto Star in 2012 as one of the top 12 Canadians Changing the Way We Think.[12] Education and the Crisis of Public Values: Challenging the Assault on Teachers, Students, & Public Education was awarded a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title and has received the Annual O. L. Davis, Jr. Outstanding Book Award from the AATC (American Association for Teaching and Curriculum) and the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2012.

He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Chapman University in California in 2015 and in 2017 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland. He is a winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the AERA. In 2015 he won two other major awards from Chapman University: the "Changing the World Award" and "The Paulo Freire Democratic Project Social Justice Award." Also during 2015, Giroux was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Appalachian State University. He was the recipient of an AERA Fellows Award for 2019. He was also the recipient in 2019 of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award.

Giroux was for many years the co-Editor-in-chief of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies[13] published by Taylor and Francis.

Giroux is a prolific author and has been publishing his books in every decade since the 1980s. The following is a partial list of his major book publications. It is arranged by decade and in reverse chronological order (i.e., the latest publications listed first):


  • 2019 The Terror of the Unforeseen" Los Angeles Review of Books.
  • 2018: American Nightmare: The Challenge of U.S. Authoritarianism, City Lights Publishers. ISBN 9780872867536
  • 2018: The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism, Routledge. ISBN 9781138719033
  • 2017: America at War with Itself, City Lights Publishers. ISBN 9780872867321
  • 2016: America's Addiction to Terrorism, Monthly Review Press ISBN 9781583675700
  • 2015: Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism, Routledge Publishers. ISBN 9781612058641
  • 2015: Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle, City Lights Publishers. ISBN 9780872866584 (co-authored with Brad Evans)
  • 2014: The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine, City Lights Publishers. ISBN 9780872866195
  • 2014: Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education, Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books / Toronto, ON: Between the Lines Books. ISBN 9781608463343 (Haymarket Books); ISBN 9781771131124 (Between the Lines Books)
  • 2013: Public Intellectuals Against the Neoliberal University, philosophersforchange.org link
  • 2013: Neoliberalism, Education, Terrorism: Contemporary Dialogues, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers (co-authored with Jeffrey DiLeo, Sophia McClennen, and Kenneth Saltman)
  • 2013: America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth, New York: Monthly Review Press
  • 2013: Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
  • 2012: Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Publics in the Age of Disposability, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
  • 2012: Disposable Youth: Racialized Memories, and the Culture of Cruelty, New York: Routledge
  • 2011: Education and the Crisis of Public Values: Challenging the Assault on Teachers, Students, & Public Education. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9781433112164
    • 2015: second edition appears, w/ updated 'Introduction' & author Interviews, as Education and the Crisis of Public Values: Challenging the Assault on Teachers, Students, and Public Education. ISBN 9781433130670
  • 2011: On Critical Pedagogy, New York: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1441116222
  • 2011: Education and the Public Sphere: Ideas of Radical Pedagogy, Cracow, Poland: Impuls (co-authored with Lech Witkowski)
  • 2011: Zombie Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism, New York: Peter Lang
  • 2010: Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
  • 2010: The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence, 2nd Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (co-authored with Grace Pollock)
  • 2010: Politics Beyond Hope: Obama and the Crisis of Youth, Race, and Democracy, (2010) Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers


  • 2009: Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability?, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2008: Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Beyond the Politics of Greed, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
  • 2007: The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
  • 2006: Stormy Weather: Katrina and the Politics of Disposability, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
  • 2006: The Giroux Reader, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers (edited by Christopher Robbins)
  • 2006: America on the Edge: Henry Giroux on Politics, Education, and Culture, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2006: Beyond the Spectacle of Terrorism: Global Uncertainty and the Challenge of the New Media, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
  • 2005: Against the New Authoritarianism: Politics after Abu Ghraib, Winnipeg, MAN: Arbeiter Ring Publishing / Oakland, CA: AK Press
  • 2004: Terror of Neoliberalism: Authoritarianism and the Eclipse of Democracy, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
  • 2004: Take Back Higher Education, London: Palgrave Macmillan (co-authored with Susan Searls Giroux)
  • 2004: The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2002: Public Spaces/Private Lives: Democracy Beyond 9/11, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • 2002: Breaking In to the Movies: Film and the Culture of Politics, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers
  • 2000: Stealing Innocence: Corporate Culture's War on Children, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2000: Impure Acts: The Practical Politics of Cultural Studies, New York: Routledge


  • 1999: The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 9781442201439
  • 1998: Channel Surfing: Racism, the Media, and the Destruction of Today's Youth, New York: St. Martin's Press
  • 1997: Pedagogy and the Politics of Hope: Theory, Culture, and Schooling, A Critical Reader, Boulder, CO: Westview Press
  • 1996: Counternarratives: Cultural Studies and Critical Pedagogies in Postmodern Spaces, New York: Routledge (co-authored with Peter McLaren, Colin Lankshear, and Mike Cole)
  • 1996: Fugitive Cultures: Race, Violence, and Youth, New York: Routledge
  • 1994: Disturbing Pleasures: Learning Popular Culture, New York: Routledge
  • 1993: Living Dangerously: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Difference, New York: Peter Lang
  • 1993: Between Borders: Pedagogy and the Politics of Cultural Studies New York: Routledge (co-edited with Peter McLaren)
  • 1992: Border Crossings: Cultural Workers and the Politics of Education, New York: Routledge
  • 1991: Postmodern Education: Politics, Culture, and Social Criticism, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press (co-authored with Stanley Aronowitz)


  • 1989: Critical Pedagogy, The State, and the Struggle for Culture. Albany: State University of New York Press (co-edited with Peter McLaren).
  • 1989: Popular Culture, Schooling, & Everyday Life. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey (co-edited with Roger Simon).
  • 1988: Teachers as Intellectuals: Toward a Critical Pedagogy of Learning, (Introduction by Paulo Freire & Foreword by Peter McLaren. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey Press. ISBN 9780897891561
  • 1988: Schooling and the Struggle for Public Life, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press
  • 1985: Education Under Siege: The Conservative, Liberal, and Radical Debate Over Schooling, Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey Press(co-authored with Stanley Aronowitz)
  • 1983: The Hidden Curriculum and Moral Education: Deception or Discovery?, Berkeley, CA: McCutchan (co-edited with David E. Purpel)
  • 1983: Theory and Resistance in Education, Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey Press (Introduction by Paulo Freire)
  • 1981: Curriculum & Instruction: Alternatives in Education. Berkeley: McCutchan (co-edited with Anthony Penna and William Pinar)
  • 1981: Ideology, Culture and the Process of Schooling, Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Palmer, J. (2002) Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present Day (Fifty Key Thinkers) (Routledge Key Guides). Routledge Publishers. p. 280.
  2. ^ H. Giroux, "The Kids Aren't Alright: Youth Pedagogy and Cultural Studies" in Fugitive Cultures. [1] Retrieved 21/09/08.
  3. ^ (2005) "McMaster attracts widely acclaimed U.S. scholar Henry Giroux" McMaster University. Retrieved 8/6/07. Archived February 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ (2005) ""McMaster University snags famous theory professor," Archived June 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine e. Peak News. Simon Frasier University. Retrieved 8/6/07.
  5. ^ Dr. Henry A. Giroux Personal website. Retrieved 5/30/16.
  6. ^ http://www.henryagiroux.com/
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 8, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ (n.d.) Henry Giroux Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Miami University.
  9. ^ (n.d.) Henry A. Giroux – Biography The Arts Council – Dublin.
  10. ^ (n.d.) Henry Giroux – Author Bio In These Times magazine.
  11. ^ (2004) "McMaster U. Woos Education Scholar With Job for His Wife", Chronicle of Higher Education. May 28, 2004
  12. ^ Ward, Olivia (January 27, 2012). "12 Canadians changing the way we think," Toronto Star
  13. ^ Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Taylor and Francis. Retrieved 7/21/07

Further reading[edit]

  • Doyle, C. & A. Singh (2006), Reading & Teaching Henry Giroux, New York: Peter Lang
  • Gottesman, Isaac (2016). The Critical Turn in Education: From Marxist Critique to Poststructuralist Feminism to Critical Theories of Race. New York: Routledge.

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