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Gilbert W. Merkx, Senior Research Scholar and Professor of the Practice of Sociology

Gilbert W. Merkx
Contact Info:
Office Location:  123 John Hope Franklin Center
Office Phone:  (919) 684-5830
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.jhfc.duke.edu/ducis/

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • SOCIOL 338.01, THEORY AND SOCIETY Synopsis
    Languages 109, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • SOCIOL 338.01, THEORY AND SOCIETY Synopsis
    Soc/Psych 129, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Ph.D.Yale University1968
M.A.Yale University1965
Research Interests:

I received my A.B. from Harvard University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. I have been a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Nacional San Cristó bal de Huamanga in Ayacucho, Perú; a visiting scholar at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and a visiting scholar at the Latin Amerika Institutet, Stockholms Universität, in Stockholm, Sweden. I have taught on the faculties of Yale University; Göteborgs Universität, in Gothenburg, Sweden; and the University of New Mexico, where I was Professor of Sociology and Director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute. At Duke University I am Professor of the Practice of Sociology, Director of the Center for International Studies, and Vice Provost for International Affairs and Development. As Vice Provost, I am responsible for general oversight of Duke's numerous international and foreign language and area studies programs, development of Duke's programs and partnerships abroad, and furtherance of the internationalization of the University as a whole.

Areas of Interest:

Comparative/Historical Sociology,
Economy and Society,


International • Latin America • Iberia • Sociology • Economy • Society • Theory

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. GW Merkx, Select this elementArea and International Studies: Stakeholders (2015), pp. 943-948
  2. GW Merkx, International and Area Studies: Past, Present, and Future (2012), pp. 10-27
  3. GW Merkx and H de Wit, The History of Internationalization of Higher Education (2012), pp. 43-59
  4. GW Merkx, Gulliver’s Travels: The History and Consequences of Title VI (2010), pp. 17-31
  5. GW Merkx, Jewish Studies as a Subject of Latin American Studies, vol. II (2009), pp. 703-705

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