Duke UniversityIslamic Studies

  • Gilbert W. Merkx

  • Professor of the Practice
  • Duke Islamic Studies Center
  • 103 John Hope Franklin Center, Box 90402, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90402
  • Phone: (919) 684-5830
  • Fax: (919) 668-0764
  • 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).
  • Bio

    Gilbert W. Merkx was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He received his A.B. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He has taught on the faculties of Yale University, Göteborgs Universität and the University of New Mexico. His research interests include sociology of religion, social dynamics, globalization, international migration, international education policy and social theory.
  • Research Description

    Research interests include sociology of religion, social dynamics, globalization, international migration, international education policy and social theory.
  • Teaching

    • SOCIOL 338.01
      • THEORY AND SOCIETY
      • Allen 326
      • TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Yale University,
      • 1968
      • M.A.,
      • Yale University,
      • 1965
  • Recent Publications

      • Merkx, GW; Nolan, RW.
      • 2015.
      • Internationalizing the Academy Lessons of Leadership in Higher Education.
      • Harvard Education Press.
      • 256 pages p.
      Publication Description

      Internationalizing the Academy is the first book to offer a detailed look at efforts to bring ambitious and expanding portfolios of international programs to US campuses.

      • Merkx, GW.
      • 2015.
      • Select this elementArea and International Studies: Stakeholders.
      • 943-948
      • .
      • de Wit, H; Merkx, G.
      • 2012.
      • The history of internationalization of higher education.
      • 43-60
      • .
      • Merkx, GW.
      • 2012.
      • International and Area Studies: Past, Present, and Future.
      • 10-27
      • .
      • Merkx, GW.
      • 2010.
      • Gulliver’s Travels: The History and Consequences of Title VI.
      • 17-31
      • .
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