AADS Welcomes Incoming Director, Dr. Percy C. Hintzen

On Friday, 19 August 2016, AADS welcomed a new Director, Dr. Percy C. Hintzen. Dr. Hintzen is Professor of Sociology within the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. Please read below for his biography.



African and African Diaspora Studes

Global and Sociocultural Studies
Florida International University

University of California, Berkeley
305-348-4419 (Office)

Percy C. Hintzen is currently a Professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University and an Affiliate Professor in African and African Diaspora Studies Program and with the Latin American and Caribbean Center. He served for thirty-two years as a Professor in the African American Studies Department at the University of California Berkeley. He was Director of the Center for African Studies, and Co-Director of the Multi Campus Research Group on Africa (that serves all of the ten campuses of the University of California until December 2011 when he left for FIU. He also served in a number of administrative positions at Berkeley including Chair of African American Studies (a position he held for a period of eight years), Director of Peace and Conflict Studies, and Acting Director of the Center for Race and Gender. He joined Berkeley as an Assistant Professor in 1979. He served also as International President of the Caribbean Studies Association. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Political Sociology from Yale University in 1981, an M.Phil. in Political Sociology from Yale University in 1977, an M.A. in Sociology from Yale University in 1977, an M.A. in International Urbanization and Public Policy from Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts in 1975, and a B.Soc.Sc. in Sociology from the University of Guyana in 1973 His scholarship is organized around an examination of the relationship between the African Diaspora and the modern condition. More generally, it examines relationships among modernity, political economy, and the production of difference. His research has focused on the West Indies, Africa, and black immigrants to the United States. His publications include The Costs of Regime Survival: Racial Mobilization, Elite Domination, and Control of the State in Guyana and Trinidad. Cambridge University Press, 1989, West Indian in the West, New York University Press, 2001, Problematizing Blackness: Self Ethnographies by Black Immigrants to the United States (edited with Jean Rahier), Routledge, 2003, and Global Circuits of Blackness: Interrogating the African Diaspora (edited with Jean Rahier and Felipe Smith) Univ. of Illinois Press 2011. He has also published numerous articles in journals and chapters in books on race, ethnicity, class, and political economy. While at Berkeley he raised over $3,000,000 in external funding including a Title VI National Resource Center Grant and Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant and grants from Ford Foundation. He was also co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Global Education Partnership, an educational NGO with projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Guatemala, and Oakland, California.

SPECIALTIES AND EXPERTISE Comparative Political Sociology, Postcolonial Studies, Political and Economic Development, Caribbean Political-Economy, Diaspora Studies, African Studies, Critical Methodology, Comparative Race and Ethnicity.

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Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Hintzen on his appointment!