Prof. Gilbert Merkx
Gilbert W. Merkx is Professor of the Practice of Sociology and former Vice Provost for International Affairs at Duke University. He was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and received his A.B. in anthropology from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale. He has been a Fulbright scholar in Ayacucho, Perú, and a visiting scholar in Buenos Aires and Stockholm. He previously taught at Yale University, Göteborgs Universität in Sweden, and the University of New Mexico. His most recent book is Internationalizing the Academy: Lesson of Leadership in Higher Education, with Riall Nolan (Harvard Education Press, 2015). Professor Merkx served as Editor of the Latin American Research Review from 1982 to 2002. He is a Past President of the Association of International Education Administrators and former Chair of the Council of Directors of National Resource Centers for Foreign Language and Area Studies. He is on the board of the Scholars at Risk Network and previously served on the Board of Venice International University.