Frances Henry

Frances Henry:



Dr. Frances Henry

Frances Henry is one of Canada's leading experts in the study of racism and anti-racism. Since the mid seventies when she published the first study of attitudes towards people of colour, she has consistently pioneered research in this field. Her books include co-authoring the fourth edition of The Colour of Democracy: Racism in Canadian Society. Thomson, Nelson, 2009 that is widely used in universities as a text. This work demonstrates how the 'new racism' here identified with the concept of 'democratic racism' manifests within Canadian institutions. Another recent co-authored book is Racism in the Canadian University, U. of T Press, 2009. Other co-authored books include: Racial Profiling: Challenging the Myth of a Few Bad Apples, U. of T. press, 2006; and Discourses of Domination: Racist in Canada's English Language Press using critical discourse analysis was published in 2002. An earlier book, Challenging Racism in the Arts, University of Toronto Press, was published in 1998.

As part of her specialization in Caribbean anthropology she has also published the only book on Caribbean communities in Canada entitled The Caribbean Diaspora in Toronto: Learning to Live with Racism., University of Toronto Press, 1994. She conducted a three year study of the resurgence of African religions in Trinidad and her book, Reclaiming African Religion in Trinidad: The Sociopolitcal Legitimation of the Orisha and Spiritual Baptists Faiths was published in 2004 by the University of the West Indies Press.

Henry’s most recent work in Caribbean Studies was the publication of a memoir of the life of ‘Pa Neezer’ (Ebenezer Elliott) spiritual leader of the Orisha religion in Trinidad in the mid nineteenth century. It is called He Had the Power: Pa Neezer, the Orisha King of Trinidad.  An earlier book, co-edited with Dwaine Plaza dealt with Caribbean migration and return migration and is entitled Return to the Source: The Final Stage of the Caribbean Migration Circuit and published by the University of the West Indies Press, 2006. She is now co-editing a book on Women and Gender in Caribbean and Caribbean derived overseas Carnivals  that came about as a result of her husband's work on the Trinidad Carnival.

Now retired as a Professor Emerita from York University in Toronto, she continues an active research and writing career. Dr. Henry has been a member of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada since 1989. Along with six colleagues she is the Principal Investigator of a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant to continue studies of racism in the university.(see current areas of research) She has also published articles and reviews on racism in the justice system and other institutions of Canadian society.

As a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada since 1989, , Dr. Henry is active on several of its committees and is the Canadian delegate to 'Women in Science', a  committee of the Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences  (IANAS) where she has conducted research on women and gender in the sciences. In her spare time, she continues her life long interest in Wagnerian opera and serves as Chair of the Toronto Wagner Society.

Extracts From Writings
The Equity Myth: Racialization
and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities
The Colour Of Democracy:
Racism In Canadian Society

© Dr. Frances Henry