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G. Elmer Griffin

Professor, Critical Theory and Social Justice

Griffin teaches courses on stupidity, rastafari and the African diaspora, whiteness, critical blackness, clinical psychology, and Freud.


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Education: B.A., Pacific Union College; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

Glenn A. Elmer Griffin

Professor, Critical Theory and Social Justice

Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

B.A., Pacific Union College; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

Glenn A. Elmer Griffin PhD. is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and a professor in the Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice.  He is Director of the clinical psychology lab and founding editor of CTSJ, the undergraduate journal for critical research and writing on the intersections of "race", "sexuality", and "nationality" as they relate to problems of social justice.  He is a three time recipient of the Loftgordon Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Professor Griffin’s courses include:

369 - Clinical Psychology Laboratory

The Clinical Psychology Laboratory (CPL) provides experiential opportunities for students interested in graduate study in psychology, law, and social justice. Students are given the opportunity to participate in the data analysis of clinical psychological assessments. Students will also participate in research under a Human Studies Committee approved project, with the goal for an early exposure to the field, and with the objective to yield research data for presentation or publication. In some projects, students may have limited opportunities to observe and participate in forensic psychological assessments as prescribed in the respective protocols.

CTSJ 285 - Foucalt

This course covers the early writings of Michel Foucault, paying particular attention to his psychological writings. The course features a close reading of Foucault’s magnum opus, "Madness and Civilization: A history of madness in the age of reason.”

CTSJ 384 - Bataille

A close reading of the works of Georges Bataille, including The Impossible, The Unfinished System of Nonknowledge, The Accursed Share, On Nietzsche, Story of the Eye, The Dead Man, and Collected Poems.

CTSJ 180- Stupidity

Stupidity is neither ignorance nor organicity, but rather, a corollary of knowing and an element of normalcy, the double of intelligence rather than its opposite. It is an artifact of our nature as finite beings and one of the most powerful determinants of human destiny. Stupidity is always the name of the Other, and it is the sign of the feminine. This course in Critical Psychology follows the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, Gilles Deleuze, and most recently, Avital Ronell, in a philosophical examination of those operations and technologies that we conduct in order to render ourselves uncomprehending. Stupidity, which has been evicted from the philosophical premises and dumbed down by psychometric psychology, has returned in the postmodern discourse against Nation, Self, and Truth and makes itself felt in political life. This course examines stupidity.

CTSJ 286 - Whiteness

This course seeks to engage the emergent body of scholarship designated to deconstruct whiteness. It will examine the construction of whiteness in the historic, legal, and economic contexts which have allowed it to function as an enabling condition for privilege and race-based prejudice. Particular attention will be paid to the role of religion and psychology in the construction of whiteness. 

Clinical and Forensic Psychology

As a Forensic Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Griffin conducts psychological evaluations and examinations for both defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys in high profile criminal cases in the Eastern Caribbean. Dr. Griffin has extensive experience in serving as a medical expert and an expert witness in a variety of legal systems and currently has an active practice in general clinical psychology.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Griffin, G.A.E. Parricidal Son: The Murder of Cassia Rivulet and the Collapse of Postcolonial Time (2012). Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 16.2 (2012): 1-21.

Reit, J. & Griffin, G.A.E. (2011). The Rey-III: Redesigning a Screening Test for Gross Malingering Presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention and at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention.

Griffin, G.A. E. (2006). Come, We Go Burn Down Babylon: A Report on the Cathedral Murders and the Force of Rastafari in the Eastern Caribbean. Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 10.3 (2006): 1-18.

Griffin, G. A. E. Mental Disorders in Social Security Disability Practice. (Signed contract with James Publishing Inc. for this book project)

Griffin, G.A.E. The Emergency of Trinidad: V.S. Naipaul and the Excesses of Black Killing (under review)

Griffin, G.A.E. Incendiary Mother: Antigua and the Postcoloniality of Forgiveness (under review)

Griffin, G.A.E. The Antillean Hallucination: Criminal Photography and the Affect of Colonial Recovery, Nevis, W.I.  (in progress)