Holger W. Henke (born in Viersen
, West Germany
) is a political scientist, educator, and between 2014-2017 served as vice-chancellor for academic affairs and provost (emeritus) 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
He has previously taught (''assistant professor'', 2004–08; ''associate professor'', 2008) at Metropolitan College of New York
, and also served as associate professor of political history at Kean University
. In the late 1990s he was the assistant director of the Caribbean Research Center (Medgar Evers College
Holger Henke attended the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at the University of Munich
, where he earned a Magister Artium (Political Science, with double minor in 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 and 1989.
Research and scholarship
Henke studies international relations (Caribbean, Europe, US, und Asia), migration, political culture and development (political economy).
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 also served as 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. Until 2012 he was a senior research fellow of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs
in Washington (D.C.). From 2011-2015 he provided annual country reports for several Caribbean nations to the Washington-based think tank Freedom House. In 2013 Dr. 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).'' In August 2010, he received the honorary citizenship of Jamaica.
Work in Academic Administration
During his tenure as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost at Wenzhou-Kean University
the student body of this institution grew from ca. 850 (AY 2014/15) to ca. 1,950 (AY 2017/18). The number of full-time faculty grew from 46 (AY 2014/15) to 96 (AY 2017/18). The establishment of several new key offices (e.g., Associate Deans for Business and Liberal Arts; Center for Curriculum Scheduling and Planning; Graphic Design studio and iMac lab; biology and physics labs; MakerSpace; Language Learning Lab; Office for Research and Sponsored Programs), the start of new academic programs (Applied Mathematics; Psychology; Graphic Design / Interactive Advertising; Management / Entrepreneurship option and Supply Chain & Information Management option; Architectural Studies), and the implementation of other academic support structures (e.g., scholarship reward program; Student Research Day; Vice Chancellor's Lecture Series; Global Lecture Series) marked the significant administrative, programmatic, and teaching & research infrastructure advancement during that period.
On September 22, 2015, China's President Xi Jinping remarked at the China-US Governors’ Forum in Seattle on the university's development: “When I was Governor of Zhejiang back in 2006, I attended a signing ceremony for a joint initiative between Wenzhou University and Kean University to establish Wenzhou-Kean University. After years of efforts, this university was finally up and running last year and is making good progress today.”
The construction of new Student Residential Buildings (with 1,800 beds), the College of Business and Public Management building (opened in 2018), and the acceptance of a 100 million yuan grant by the Shanghai-based Dafa Properties Group for the construction of a School of Architecture and Design building also fall into this very productive growth period. Dr. Henke also acted as the guardian of academic freedom at Wenzhou-Kean University
where students enjoy full access to the internet, are able to watch international news programs on campus, and can access the library research databases at Kean University
* ''The End of the “Asian Model”?''. (ed., with Ian Boxill), John Benjamins: Amsterdam & Philadelphia 2000.
* ''Between Self-Determination and Dependency: Jamaica’s Foreign Relations, 1972-1989''. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press 2000.
* ''The West Indian Americans''. Westport (CT): Greenwood Press 2001
* ''Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean''. (ed., with Fred Reno), Kingston: University of the West Indies Press 2003.
* ''Crossing Over. Comparing Recent Migration in the United States and Europe'', (ed.), Lanham (MD): Lexington Books 2005.
* ''Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean'', (ed., with Karl-Heinz Magister), Lanham (MD): Lexington Books 2008.
Category:People from Viersen
Category:International relations scholars
Category:Political science writers
Category:German expatriates in the United States
Category:German political scientists