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Henry Giroux

Henry Giroux
Born (1943-09-18) September 18, 1943
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Occupation Author, University Professor
Nationality American, Canadian
Subject Critical pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, cultural politics, social theory

Henry 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 50 books and more than 300 academic articles, and is published widely throughout education and cultural studies literature.[5]


  • Life and career 1
  • Theory 2
  • Accomplishments 3
  • Publications by Giroux 4
  • Books about Giroux 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Life and career

Henry Giroux was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Alice (Waldron) and Armand Giroux.[6][7] After teaching high-school social studies in Barrington, Rhode Island, for six years, Giroux earned his doctorate 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 currently is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.

He currently lives there with his wife, Susan Searls Giroux.


Giroux has been an important contributor to a variety of academic fields, including critical pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, and media studies, among others. His work draws from a number of theoretical traditions extending from Marx to Paulo Freire to Zygmunt Bauman. He is also an advocate of radical democracy, vigorously opposing the anti-democratic tendencies of neoliberalism, militarism, imperialism, religious fundamentalism, and the ongoing attacks against the social state, the social wage, youth, the poor, and public and higher education. Giroux's most recent work focuses on public pedagogy, a term he coined to describe the nature of the spectacle and the new media, and the political and educational force of global culture. He is also a regular columnist for Truthout and writes for a variety of academic journals and public venues.


Henry Giroux's writing has won many awards, and is written for a range of public and scholarly sources. Giroux has written more than 60 books; published more than 400 papers; and 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 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. See Olivia Ward, “12 Canadians changing the way we think,” Toronto Star (January 27, 2012) 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. 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 was awarded Distinguished Alumni Award from Appalachian State University 2015.

Publications by Giroux

In addition to being a co-Editor-in-chief of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies[12] published by Taylor and Francis, Giroux has published the following books:

  • 2015: "dangerous thinking in the age of the new authoritarianism" Paradigm Publishers
  • 2015: Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle, City Lights Publishers
  • 2014: The Violence of Organized Forgetting, San Francisco, CA: City Lights Publishers
  • 2014: Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education, Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books / Toronto, ON: Between the Lines Books
  • 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, New York: Peter Lang
  • 2011: On Critical Pedagogy, New York: Continuum
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1988: Teachers as Intellectuals: Toward a Critical Pedagogy of Learning, Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey Press
  • 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-authored with David E. Purpel)
  • 1983: Theory and Resistance in Education, Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey Press (Introduction by Paulo Freire)
  • 1981: Ideology, Culture and the Process of Schooling, Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press

Books about Giroux

  • Reading & Teaching Henry Giroux. Doyle & Singh. (2006)

See also


  1. ^ Palmer, J. (2002) Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present Day (Fifty Key Thinkers) (Routledge Key Guides). Routledge Publishers. p. 208.
  2. ^ Personal Essay "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.
  4. ^ (2005) ""McMaster University snags famous theory professor," e. Peak News. Simon Frasier University. Retrieved 8/6/07.
  5. ^ Dr. Henry A. Giroux – Books. Personal website. Retrieved 8/6/07.
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  8. ^ (n.d.) Henry Giroux 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. ^ Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies Taylor and Francis. Retrieved 7/21/07

External links

  • Henry Giroux's Website
  • Reading list at The Freechild Project website
  • Biographical details
  • Henry Giroux's brief interview on YouTube
  • "Public Intellectuals and the Crisis of Higher Education as a Public Good," Western University, London Ontario on YouTube
  • "Elaborates on Deep State in parallel article with Jim Palombo's on same subject Ragazine.CC"
  • Truthout Interviews Henry A. Giroux on Neoliberalism
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