|Born:||September 18, 1943|
|Birthplace:||Providence, Rhode Island, United States|
|Occupation:||Author, University Professor|
|Subject:||Critical pedagogy, Cultural studies, youth studies, Higher education, Cultural politics, Social theory|
Henry Giroux, born September 18 1943 in Providence, Rhode Island, is an American cultural critic. He is one of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, and is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory.
A high school social studies teacher in Barrington, Rhode Island for six years , Giroux has held positions at Boston University, Miami University, and Penn State University. In 2005, Giroux's arrival as the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario was hailed as a success for the University  .
Giroux has published more than 35 books and 300 academic articles, and is published widely throughout education and cultural studies literature. Since that arriving at McMaster, Giroux has been a featured faculty lecturer , and has published nine books, including his most recent work, The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex.
Henry Giroux was born in Providence, Rhode Island. After teaching high school history 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.
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. In 2004 Giroux became the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He currently lives there with his wife, Dr. Susan Searls Giroux.
Giroux has been an important contributor to the field known as critical pedagogy. 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, empire, 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.
Henry Giroux's writing has won many awards, and is written for a range of public and scholarly sources. Giroux has written more than 35 books; published almost 300 papers; and hundreds of chapters in others' books, articles in magazines, and more. Seven of Giroux's books have been chosen as significant books of the year by the American Educational Studies Association.
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.