Gilbert Wilson Merkx
Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Sociology
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).
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
National Resource Centers & Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2010
Merkx, GW, and Nolan, RW. Internationalizing the Academy Lessons of Leadership in Higher Education. December 8, 2015.
Bejan, A, and Merkx, GW. Constructal Theory of Social Dynamics.: Springer, August 2007.
Hawkins, JN. International Education in the New Global Era Proceedings of a National Policy Conference on the Higher Education Act, Title Vi, and Fulbright-Hays Programs. University of California Los Angeles International, January 1, 1998.
Elkin, JL, and Merkx, GW. The Jewish Presence in Latin America. London: Routledge, Chapman, and Hall, 1996.
The Chilean Political Process by Manuel Antonio Garretón. Trans. GW Merkx and S Kellum. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989.
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, and Weaver, FS. "Class, State, and Industrial Structure: The Historical Process of South American Industrial Growth." The Hispanic American Historical Review 62.3 (August 1982): 526-526. Full Text
Merkx, GW. "Testimonios by Rodolfo Stavenhagen." Hispanic American Historical Review 61.1 (1981): 178-178.
Merkx, GW. "Elites and Economic Development: Comparative Studies on the Political Economy of Latin American Cities by John Walton." Hispanic American Historical Review 58.4 (1978): 755-756.
Merkx, GW, and Field, MG. "Social Consequences of Modernization in Communist Societies." Contemporary Sociology 7.1 (January 1978): 45-45. Full Text
Merkx, GW, and Coser, LA. "Greedy Institutions: Patterns of Undivided Commitment." Contemporary Sociology 5.1 (January 1976): 66-66. Full Text
Merkx, GW, and Hawkins, C. "Two Democratic Labor Leaders in Conflict: The Latin American Revolution and the Role of the Workers." Contemporary Sociology 5.1 (January 1976): 50-50. 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
Merkx, GW. "Cultivating Revolution. The United States and Agrarian Reform in Latin America by James F. Petras and Robert LaPorte, Jr." Contemporary Sociology 2.1 (1973): 64-67.
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)
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. "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)
Merkx, GW. "Plus ca change: Challenges to graduate education under HEA Title VI." 1998. 76-86.
Merkx, GW, Hayhoe, R, Luk, BHK, King, K, Gajardo, M, King, E, Motivans, A, Daun, H, Brustein, WI, Rudolph, SH, and Rudolph, L. "Comparative Education, Area Studies, and the Disciplines." Comparative Education Review 50.1 (February 2006): 125-148. Full Text
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. "Foreign Area Studies: Back to the Future?." LASA Forum XXVI.2 (1995): 5-8. (Scholarly Commentary)
Merkx, GW. "Historic Changes in Latin America’s Trajectory." Encuentros 2.1 (1995): 8-10.
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.