Gilbert Wilson Merkx

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Professor of the Practice of Sociology

External Address: 
103 John Hope Franklin Center, Box 90402, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90402, Durham, NC 27708-0006
Phone: 
(919) 684-5830

Overview

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 Cristóbal 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. I formerly served Duke as Director of the Center for International Studies and Vice Provost for International Affairs and Development. As Vice Provost, I was 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.  My current research interests include sociological theory, globalization, and flow systems (constructal theory).

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1968

  • M.A., Yale University 1965

Supporting Literacy and Posters in Tanzania. awarded by H.T. Ewald Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Fulbright Hayes Dissertion Awards awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Duke University Center for International Studies NRC awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015

2013 Fulbright-Hays DDRA awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

A Human Rights and Islamic Law Program awarded by Open Society Institute, New York (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2014

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2011

National Resource Centers awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2011

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010

National Resource Centers awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2010

Pages

Bejan, A, and Merkx, GW. Constructal Theory of Social Dynamics. Springer, August 2007.

Elkin, JL, and Merkx, GW. The Jewish Presence in Latin America. London: Routledge, Chapman, and Hall, 1996.

Merkx, GW. The National Need for Latin American and Caribbean Specialists: Current Resources and Future Requirements. New York: National Council on Foreign Languages and International Studies, 1983.

Merkx, GW. New Perspectives on Latin America. New York: MSS Information Corporation, 1976.

Merkx, GW. "Thirty years of Latin American studies in the United kingdom 1965-1995." JOURNAL OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 30 (May 1998): 431-432.

MERKX, GW. "THE POPULIST CHALLENGE - ARGENTINE ELECTORAL-BEHAVIOR IN THE POSTWAR ERA - SCHOULTZ,L." HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 65.2 (1985): 393-393.

Merkx, GW. "Testimonios by Rodolfo Stavenhagen." Hispanic American Historical Review 61.1 (1981): 178-178.

MERKX, GW. "SOCIAL-CONSEQUENCES OF MODERNIZATION IN COMMUNIST SOCIETIES - FIELD,MG." CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS 7.1 (1978): 45-46. Full Text

MERKX, GW. "GREEDY INSTITUTIONS - PATTERNS OF UNDIVIDED COMMITMENT - COSER,LA." CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS 5.1 (1976): 66-68. Full Text

MERKX, GW. "2 DEMOCRATIC LABOR LEADERS IN CONFLICT - LATIN-AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND ROLE OF WORKERS - HAWKINS,C." CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS 5.1 (1976): 50-51. Full Text

MERKX, GW. "HUMAN CONDITION IN LATIN-AMERICA - WOLF,ER AND HANSEN,EC." CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS 4.4 (1975): 444-445. Full Text

Pages

Merkx, GW. "Select this elementArea and International Studies: Stakeholders." The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd., 2015. 943-948. (Chapter)

de Wit, H, and Merkx, G. "The history of internationalization of higher education." The SAGE Handbook of International Higher Education. January 1, 2012. 43-60. Full Text

Merkx, GW. "International and Area Studies: Past, Present, and Future." Relevant/Obsolete? Rethinking Area Studies in the U.S. Academy. University of Michigan, 2012. 10-27. (Chapter)

Merkx, GW. "Gulliver’s Travels: The History and Consequences of Title VI." International and Language Education for a Global Future. East Lansing: Michigan University Press, 2010. 17-31. (Chapter)

Merkx, GW. "Flow Systems, Catastrophes, and Public Policy." Constructal Human Dynamics, Security, and Sustainability. Ed. A Bejan, S Lorente, A Miguel, and AH Reis. Amsterdam IOS Press, 2009. 37-47. (Chapter)

Merkx, GW. "Jews in Latin America." Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora. Ed. MA Ehrlich. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2009. 688-702. (Chapter)

Merkx, GW. "Jewish Studies as a Subject of Latin American Studies." Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora. Ed. MA Ehrlich. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2009. 703-705. (Chapter)

Merkx, GW. "Area and International Studies and Its Stakeholders." The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ed. NJ Simelser and PJ Baltes. Oxford: Elsevier Science Limited, 2001. (Chapter)

Merkx, GW. "The Latin American Research Review and the Evolution of Research on Latin America in the United States." Política Criminal, Derechos Humanos, y Sistemas Jurídicos en el Siglo XX1. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Depalma, 2001. 513-523. (Chapter)

Merkx, GW. "Foreign Language and Area Studies through Title VI: Assessing Supply and Demand." Language Policy and Pedagogy. Ed. RD Lambert and E Shohany. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1999. 95-112. (Chapter)

Pages

Merkx, GW. "Constructal models in social processes." Constructal Theory of Social Dynamics (2007): 35-50. Full Text

Sutton, M, Post, D, Merkx, GW, Hayhoe, R, Luk, BHK, King, K, Gajardo, M, King, E, Motivans, A, Daun, H, Brustein, WI, Rudolph, SH, Rudolph, L, and Motivans, A. "Comparative education, area studies, and the disciplines." COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW 50.1 (February 2006): 125-148.

Merkx, GW. "Title VI Reauthorization: HR3077 and the Politics of Intimidation." LASA Forum XXXIV.4 (2004): 6-7. (Scholarly Commentary)

Merkx, GW. "Waves of Change: Internationalization in U.S. Higher Education." International Educator XII.1 (2003): 6-12.

Merkx, GW. "Foreign Language and Area Studies through Title VI: Assessing Supply and Demand." International Educator 8.4 (2000): 23-32.

Merkx, GW. "The Case for Latin American Studies." Lazos/Laços 1.2 (1999): 4-8.

Merkx, GW. "Outreach in Foreign-Area Studies Centers." Journal of Public Service and Outreach 3.3 (1998): 10-19.

Merkx, GW. "Look Homeward, Angel: Challenges to International Education." Intercom 19.4 (January 1997): 1-5.

Merkx, GW. "Foreword." LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH REVIEW 31.4 (1996): R3-R9.

Merkx, GW. "Foreign Area Studies: Back to the Future?." LASA Forum XXVI.2 (1995): 5-8. (Scholarly Commentary)

Pages

Merkx, GW. "A Brave New World: Area, International and Foreign Language Studies in the Global Era." Internationalization of U.S. Education in the 21st Century: The Future of International and Foreign Language Studies. April 11, 2014 - April 13, 2014. Reves Center, College of William and Mary.

Merkx, GW. "Building Evokes Ortega’s Legacy." UNM Alumnus (January 1981): 4-5. (Scholarly Commentary)