PJ Henry is a social psychologist studying prejudice and intergroup relations, with a focus on the effects of prejudice and discrimination on individuals. While prejudice is typically studied in the United States through the lens of the African-American experience, he is particularly interested in the different forms prejudice takes around the world and says his own study of prejudice has been defined by his studies overseas in Lebanon and Germany. He looks at the ways the Western and Arab worlds view each other, and how that can inform the understanding of prejudice as a global issue.
At NYU Abu Dhabi he teaches introductory level psychology courses, as well as classes on social psychology and prejudice. Henry has taught around the world, spending a year as a Humboldt research fellow at Germany's University of Bielefeld and most recently working at DePaul University in Chicago, where he was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching award. He spent a year at the American University of Beirut, an experience he calls "life-changing" as an opportunity to live and study in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society with both many shades of conflict and many ways of mediating differences. He has taught classes on statistics, mathematical and technological literacy, research methods, and seminars on intergroup conflict. Henry has been published in a host of professional journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Political Psychology. He holds his Ph.D. and M.A. in Social Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to his Humboldt Fellowship at Bielefeld, he did postdoctoral research at Yale University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.