Miller Center

Gilbert Joseph, Fellowship Mentor

Professor, History, Yale University


Advisee(s): Evan McCormick   

Gilbert M. Joseph received his doctorate from Yale University in Latin American history in 1978.  In 1993, after fifteen years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he returned to Yale, where he is presently Farnam Professor of History and International Studies. In 2005 he finished an eleven-year term as director of Latin American and Iberian Studies (Yale’s Title VI Center).  He has also been a visiting professor at Duke University, Florida International University, and the University of Connecticut.   In the spring of 2014 he was elected Vice President and the next President of the Latin American Studies Association, the world’s largest association for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America (over seven thousand members worldwide).

Professor Joseph’s research and teaching interests focus on the history of modern Latin America, particularly Mexico and Central America, on revolutionary and social movements, and U.S.-Latin American relations.  He is the author of Revolution from Without: Yucatán, Mexico, and the United States, 1880-1924 (Cambridge University Press, 1982; rev. ed., Duke University Press, 1988; Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1992); Rediscovering the Past at Mexico’s Periphery (University of Alabama Press, 1986); (with Allen Wells) Summer of Discontent, Seasons of Upheaval: Elite Politics and Rural Insurgency in Yucatán, 1876-1915 (Stanford University Press, 1996; Ediciones Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, 2011); and (with Jürgen Buchenau) Mexico’s Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule since the Late Nineteenth Century (Duke, 2013; named a History Book Club selection).  He is working on a new project, Transnational Lives in the American Century, which draws upon fieldwork in Peru, Mexico, Central America, and the United States.  The author of numerous articles on modern Mexico, the Mexican revolution, social movements, and the history of rural crime and protest, he is also the editor of thirteen books, including (with Daniel Nugent) Everyday Forms of State Formation: Revolution and the Negotiation of Rule in Modern Mexico (Duke, 1994;  Ediciones Era, 2002); Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.-Latin American Relations (Duke, 1998); Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940 (Duke, 2001); Crime and Punishment in Latin America: Law and Society Since Late Colonial Times (Duke 2001); Reclaiming the Political in Latin American History (Duke, 2001); The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke, 2002); In from the Cold: Latin America’s New Encounter with the Cold War (Duke, 2008); A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War (Duke, 2010); and Peripheral Visions: Politics, Society, and the Challenge of Modernity in Yucatán (Alabama, 2010).  


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