Christopher Henke, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, has been named the Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies, for one year, beginning July 1, 2013.
Henke has been at Colgate since 2001 following degrees from the University of California, San Diego (M.A., and Ph.D.) and the University of Wisconsin (B.A.). Chris is a scholar and teacher of science and technology studies, the sociology of work, and the sociology and social history of agriculture and the environment. He is the author of Cultivating Science, Harvesting Power: Science and Industrial Agriculture in California (MIT Press, 2008) as well as six articles and book chapters.
His scholarly interests center on what he calls the “paradoxical relationship between social order and social change.” When teaching courses in sociology, environmental studies, or the Core Curriculum, he creates activities that engage students in the learning process through research. He led the San Francisco Study Group and has contributed significantly in service to his department, the Environmental Studies program, university committees, and professional organizations.