Gilbert M. Joseph

Gilbert M. Joseph received his doctorate from Yale University in Latin American history in 1978. In 1993, after teaching for 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 January 2005 he finished an eleven-year term as director of Latin American and Iberian Studies and as Yale's representative on the New England Consortium of Latin American Studies. Joseph has produced numerous books on social movements and U.S.-Latin American relations as well as articles dealing with modern Mexico, social movements, and the history of rural crime and protest. Among his academic honors are the Sturgis Leavitt Prize; induction into the Academia Yucatanense de Ciencias y Artes; the Tanner Award (for excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of North Carolina); the inaugural Graduate Mentor Award from Yale University; and the Geoffrey Marshall Faculty Mentoring Award, bestowed by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Throughout the 1980s, Professor Joseph led or participated in delegations to Nicaragua, one of which gave rise to the international organization "Witness for Peace." He also helped to found Chapel Hill's Sister City program with San Jorge, Nicaragua.