Percy Hintzen

Percy Hintzen

Professor of Sociology


B.Soc.Sc., University of Guyana, Sociology, 1973.
M.A., Clark University, International Urbanization and Public Policy, 1975.
M.A., Yale University, Sociology, 1977.
M.Phil., Yale University, Comparative Social Change, 1977.
Ph.D., Yale University, Political Sociology and Comparative Social Change, 1981.


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Labor Center 308
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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.

Currently Professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined FIU in 2011 after spending 32 years at the University of California, Berkeley where he served in a number of capacities including 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.) 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 was elected President of the Caribbean Studies Association, the international group of scholars working in and on the Caribbean, for the 2006-2007 academic year after serving as the Association’s Vice President in 2006-2007. He was also member of the Advisory Board of the Cultural Studies Association, an organization of international scholars, between 2008-2010. He served as Director of African and African Diaspora Studies at FIU between 2016-2020.

Research and Scholarship
Professor Hintzen received his formal graduate training in comparative political sociology with a particular focus on political economy and in international urbanization and public policy. His research, scholarship, and scholarly practice is “trans-disciplinary” more than multi-disciplinary with a substantive focus on the Caribbean, Africa, and 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 published over 60 articles in journals and chapters in books on race, ethnicity, class, and political economy. His most recent published works have focused on issues related to regionalism, democracy, development and the new international order, tourism, and HIV/AIDS (the latter in the Anglophone Caribbean and Africa). His most recent book, titled Reproducing Domination: On the Caribbean Postcolonial State is being published University of Mississippi Press in Spring 2022.

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