Selwyn H. H. Carrington attended Concordia (Sir George Williams) University, in Montreal, Canada, from which he graduated with a B.A, in History and English. He then graduated with the M.A. in American History from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
On completion in 1970, he attended Queen Mary College, University of London, where he studied for the Ph.D. in Imperial History, graduating in 1975. His thesis was entitled "Economic and Political Developments in the British West Indies during the American Revolution."
Professor Carrington lectured at St. Augustine Campus, the University of the West Indies, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Caribbean Economic and United States History.
In 1994, he joined the faculty of the department at Howard University as Visiting Professor in Caribbean History. In 1995-1996, he returned to Trinidad where he planned and executed a conference on "Capitalism and Slavery Fifty Years Later: Eric E. Williams and the Modern Caribbean." He returned to Howard University in 1996 to take up a full time appointment in Caribbean history. His areas of specialization were Caribbean history, the Black Diaspora and the history of the United States.
His research and publications include the books:
Saunders, Ivan J., Rostecki, R.R. and Carrington, Selwyn H. H., "Early Building in Winnipeg." Manuscript Report No. 389, (Park Canada,1979) 7 Vols.;
He was also the author of dozens of articles and chapters. Dr. Carrington supervised more than 20 Ph. D. and M.A. dissertations, and many others are in progress. As a historian, Dr. Carrington also greatly contributed to the achievement of the African Burial Ground Project.