Yazier Henry
Lecturer in Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
(734) 615-5303
(734) 763-9181
Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #3303
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
Research and Teaching Interests:
Human Rights
Race and Ethnicity
Yazier Henry is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Ford School. He is a writer, political analyst, and professional human rights advocate. He has written and published on the political economy of memory, trauma, identity, sustainable peace, and Truth Commissions. He has in-depth experience in strategic communications, political strategy and tactics. Prior to coming to Michigan he was the founding Director of the Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory in Cape Town, South Africa. In South Africa he worked to develop social reintegration programs with former combatants, political prisoners, and torture survivors and popular education programs focusing on sustainable peace and social dialogue. Henry has participated in, served and advised multiple community development initiatives. His research interest is in how structural and administrative violence comes to be normalized. He is especially interested in how the attainment of political rights after conflict impact civic and indigenous struggles for greater social and economic rights. Henry's current writing explores the historical and material links between political economy and race in post-colonial contexts.