Charles P. Henry


Charles P. Henry

Professor Emeritus



Charles P. Henry, is Professor Emeritus of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.  In 1994, President Clinton appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities for a six-year term.  Former president of the National Council for Black Studies, Henry is the author/editor of eight books and more than 80 articles and reviews on Black politics,  public policy, and human rights.  Before joining the University of California at Berkeley in 1981, Henry taught at Denison University and Howard University.  Henry was chair of the board of directors of Amnesty International U.S.A. from 1986 to 1988 and is a former NEH Post-doctoral Fellow and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. In 1994-95 he served as an office director in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State.  Professor Henry was Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American History and Politics at the University of Bologna, Italy for the Spring semester of 2003. In the fall of 2006, Henry was one of the first two Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chairs in France teaching at the University of Tours. Chancellor Birgeneau presented Henry with the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in April 2008. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Chicago.


  • Black Studies and the Democratization of American Higher Education, (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)
  • The Obama Phenomenon: Toward a Multiracial Democracy, co-editor, (University of Illinois Press, 2011)
  • Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations, (New York University Press, Nov. 2007)
  • Foreign Policy and the Black (Inter)national Interest, editor, (Albany:  State University of New York Press, 2000)