Gilbert Wilson Merkx

Gilbert Wilson Merkx

Professor of the Practice Emeritus 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

Selected Grants

Supporting Literacy and Posters in Tanzania. awarded by (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 (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

Merkx, Gilbert W., and Riall W. Nolan. Internationalizing the Academy Lessons of Leadership in Higher Education. 2015.

Bejan, A., and G. W. Merkx. Constructal Theory of Social Dynamics. Springer, 2007.

Elkin, J. L., and G. W. Merkx. The Jewish Presence in Latin America. Routledge, Chapman, and Hall, 1996.

Merkx, G. W., and S. Kellum, translators. The Chilean Political Process by Manuel Antonio Garretón. Unwin Hyman, 1989.

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

Merkx, G. W. New Perspectives on Latin America. MSS Information Corporation, 1976.

Merkx, G. W. “Thirty years of Latin American studies in the United kingdom 1965-1995.” Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 30, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, 1 May 1998, pp. 431–32.

MERKX, G. W. “THE POPULIST CHALLENGE - ARGENTINE ELECTORAL-BEHAVIOR IN THE POSTWAR ERA - SCHOULTZ,L.” Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 65, no. 2, 1985, pp. 393–393.

Merkx, Gilbert W., and Frederick Stirton Weaver. “Class, State, and Industrial Structure: The Historical Process of South American Industrial Growth..” The Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 62, no. 3, JSTOR, Aug. 1982, pp. 526–526. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2515338. Full Text

Merkx, G. W. “Testimonios by Rodolfo Stavenhagen.” Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 61, no. 1, Duke University Press, 1981, pp. 178–178.

Merkx, Gilbert W., and Mark G. Field. “Social Consequences of Modernization in Communist Societies..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 7, no. 1, SAGE Publications, Jan. 1978, pp. 45–45. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2065910. Full Text

Merkx, G. W. “Elites and Economic Development: Comparative Studies on the Political Economy of Latin American Cities by John Walton.” Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 58, no. 4, Duke University Press, 1978, pp. 755–56.

Merkx, Gilbert W., and Lewis A. Coser. “Greedy Institutions: Patterns of Undivided Commitment..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 5, no. 1, SAGE Publications, Jan. 1976, pp. 66–66. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2062664. Full Text

Merkx, Gilbert W., and Carroll Hawkins. “Two Democratic Labor Leaders in Conflict: The Latin American Revolution and the Role of the Workers..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 5, no. 1, SAGE Publications, Jan. 1976, pp. 50–50. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2062648. Full Text

Merkx, Gilbert W., et al. “The Human Condition in Latin America..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 4, no. 4, SAGE Publications, July 1975, pp. 444–444. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2062412. Full Text

Merkx, G. W. “Cultivating Revolution. The United States and Agrarian Reform in Latin America by James F. Petras and Robert LaPorte, Jr..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 2, no. 1, American Sociological Association, 1973, pp. 64–67.

Pages

Muñoz, V. M., et al. Foreword. 2019, pp. IX–X.

Merkx, G. W. “Area and International Studies: Stakeholders.” International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition, 2015, pp. 943–48. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.10136-9. Full Text

Merkx, G. W. “Select this elementArea and International Studies: Stakeholders.” The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier Ltd., 2015, pp. 943–48.

de Wit, H., and G. Merkx. “The history of internationalization of higher education.” The SAGE Handbook of International Higher Education, 2012, pp. 43–60. Scopus, doi:10.4135/9781452218397.n3. Full Text

Merkx, G. W. “International and Area Studies: Past, Present, and Future.” Relevant/Obsolete? Rethinking Area Studies in the U.S. Academy, University of Michigan, 2012, pp. 10–27.

Merkx, G. W. “Gulliver’s Travels: The History and Consequences of Title VI.” International and  Language Education for a Global Future, Michigan University Press, 2010, pp. 17–31.

Merkx, G. W. “Flow Systems, Catastrophes, and Public Policy.” Constructal Human Dynamics, Security, and Sustainability, edited by A. Bejan et al., Amsterdam IOS Press, 2009, pp. 37–47.

Merkx, G. W. “Jews in Latin America.” Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora, edited by M. A. Ehrlich, vol. II, ABC Clio, 2009, pp. 688–702.

Merkx, G. W. “Jewish Studies as a Subject of Latin American Studies.” Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora, edited by M. A. Ehrlich, vol. II, ABC Clio, 2009, pp. 703–05.

Merkx, G. W. “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, Ediciones Depalma, 2001, pp. 513–23.

Pages

Swaminathan, M. S. “Foreword.” Ecosystem Services in Agricultural and Urban Landscapes, Jan. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781118506271. Full Text

Merkx, G. W. “Constructal models in social processes.” Constructal Theory of Social Dynamics, Jan. 2007, pp. 35–50.

Merkx, Gilbert W., et al. “Comparative Education, Area Studies, and the Disciplines.” Comparative Education Review, vol. 50, no. 1, University of Chicago Press, Feb. 2006, pp. 125–48. Crossref, doi:10.1086/499390. Full Text

Merkx, G. W. “Title VI Reauthorization: HR3077 and the Politics of Intimidation.” Lasa Forum, vol. XXXIV, no. 4, 2004, pp. 6–7.

Merkx, G. W. “Waves of Change: Internationalization in U.S. Higher Education.” International  Educator, vol. XII, no. 1, 2003, pp. 6–12.

Merkx, G. W. “Foreign Language and Area Studies through Title VI: Assessing Supply and Demand.” International Educator, vol. 8, no. 4, 2000, pp. 23–32.

Merkx, G. W. “The Case for Latin American Studies.” Lazos/Laços, vol. 1, no. 2, 1999, pp. 4–8.

Merkx, G. W. “Outreach in Foreign-Area Studies Centers.” Journal of Public Service and Outreach, vol. 3, no. 3, 1998, pp. 10–19.

Merkx, G. W. “Look Homeward, Angel: Challenges to International Education.” Intercom, vol. 19, no. 4, Jan. 1997, pp. 1–5.

Merkx, G. W. “Foreign Area Studies: Back to the Future?.” Lasa Forum, vol. XXVI, no. 2, 1995, pp. 5–8.

Pages

Merkx, G. W. “Building Evokes Ortega’s Legacy.” Unm Alumnus, Jan. 1981, pp. 4–5.