Holger Henke

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Holger Henke

Holger W. Henke (born in Viersen (North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany) is a political scientist and works as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Wenzhou-Kean University (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kean University) in Wenzhou, China. From 2008 to 2014 he was Assistant Provost at York College, City University of New York.[1] He has previously taught as a professor (assistant professor, 2004–08; associate professor, 2008) at Metropolitan College of New York. He also was the Assistant Director of the Caribbean Research Center (Medgar Evers College).


Holger Henke grew up in Viersen and since 1972 in Haar (Munich). He attended the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at the University of Munich, where he obtained a Magister Artium (Political Science, Modern German Literature, and Communication Sciences) in 1987. He subsequently emigrated and lived for seven years in Jamaica. In 1996 he earned a Ph.D. in Government at the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica) with a dissertation about the foreign relations of that country between 1972 und 1989. Since 1995 he lives near New York City.


Henke studies international relations (Caribbean, Europe, USA, und Asia), migration, political culture and development (political economy).[1] He has published six books and numerous scholarly articles. Henke is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas. In 2010-11 he served as President of the Caribbean Studies Association. Henke is also an Advisory Board member of the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College (City University of New York), where he previously had worked as assistant director, and (until 2012) a Senior Research Fellow of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington (D.C.). In August 2010, he received the honorary citizenship of Jamaica. Since 2011 he provides annual country reports for several Caribbean nations to the Washington-based think tank Freedom House. In 2013 Henke received a Fulbright International Education Administrators (US-UK) Award. In 2014 he participated in the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE).


  • The End of the “Asian Model”?. (ed., with Ian Boxill), John Benjamins: Amsterdam & Philadelphia 2000.[1]
  • Between Self-Determination and Dependency: Jamaica’s Foreign Relations, 1972-1989. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press 2000.[1]
  • The West Indian Americans. Westport (CT): Greenwood Press 2001 [1]
  • Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean. (ed., with Fred Reno), Kingston: University of the West Indies Press 2003.[1]
  • Crossing Over. Comparing Recent Migration in the United States and Europe, (ed.), Lanham (MD): Lexington Books 2005.[1]
  • Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean, (ed., with Karl-Heinz Magister), Lanham (MD): Lexington Books 2008.[1]