Professor Glenn Elmer Griffin
Professor, Critical Theory and Social Justice
B.A., Pacific Union College; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Appointed In
Weingart 101A
On Sabbatical Spring & Fall 2024

Glenn A. Elmer Griffin, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice.

He is Director of the clinical psychology lab and founding editor of Critical Theory and Social Justice Journal of Undergraduate Research. He is a three-time recipient of the Loftgordon Award for Distinguished Teaching and three-time recipient of the Opencare Patient’s Choice Award for Best Psychologists in Los Angeles.

Glenn A. Elmer Griffin, Ph.D.
Professor, Critical Theory and Social Justice
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

BA Pacific Union College; Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary


Professor Griffin’s courses include:

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 280: Rastafari

This course will examine the character of postcolonial theory in the Afro-Caribbean. Particular attention will be paid to the work of C.L.R. James, Walter Rodney, Franz Fanon, Marcus Garvey, Aime Cesaire, Eric Williams, Kamau Brathwaite, and Bob Marley. The course will also examine Rastafari as a religio-political protest movement. We will chart the musicological development of Reggae and Dub Poetry as distinctive expressions of Rasta.

CTSJ 285: Foucault

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 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.

CTSJ 384: Bataille

A close critical 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 369: Clinical Psych 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.

Clinical and Forensic Psychology

As a Forensic Clinical Psychologist, Professor Griffin conducts psychological evaluations and examinations for both defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys in high profile criminal cases in the Eastern Caribbean. Professor 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. “Is That Rain?” Poem (2017) Small Axe Salon (2017) -

Griffin, G.A.E. In the Penumbra of the Antillean Hallucination (2017) Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, Issue 53 (to be published July 2017)

Griffin, G.A.E. The Emergency of Trinidad: Late Colonialism and the Work of the Sovereign Mimic (2016) Caribbean Quarterly Vol. 62.2 (2016) -

Griffin, G.A.E. “Dreadlocks as Sacrament;” Expert Opinion, Christopher Ware v Louisiana Department of Corrections, Civil Action No. 14-cv-2214,  US District Court of the Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport Division (2015)

Griffin, G.A.E. Incendiary Mother: Antigua and the Postcoloniality of Forgiveness (2015) Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 18.6 (2015)…

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.