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About Michael L. Conniff

Professor Conniff directs the Global Studies program and also the Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation and Immigration at San José State University. He promotes international curriculum, faculty and staff development, exchanges with foreign universities, and programs to prepare students to succeed as citizens and professionals in the world at large. Conniff earned degrees at UC-Berkeley and Stanford (Ph.D. 1976) and has published a number of books on modern history, most recently A History of Modern Latin America (wth Lawrence Clayton), Africans in the Americas (with T.J. Davis), and populism in Latin America. He has lived overseas for a dozen years, held several post-doc appointments (including three Fullbright tours), and served in the U.S. Peace Corps. He lectures often in Portuguese and Spanish. Before joining SJSU, he taught history at the University of New Mexico and created Latin American studies programs at Auburn University and the University of South Florida.

Positions

2016 - Present Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University History
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2012 - 2016 Professor, San Jose State University History
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2010 - 2013 Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Education
$450,000
2010 - 2011 Congressional Grant to Establish the Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation and Immigration at San José State University
Federal Government
$220,000
2010 - 2011 Grant to Survey Immigrants in San Mateo County, CA
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
$100,000
2009 - 2010 Congressional Grant to Establish the Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation and Immigration at San Jose State University
Federal Government
$190,000
2009 - 2010 Continuing Education Council Grant to Implement Global Studies Online
Continuing Education Council
$50,000
2007 - 2010 FIPSE Grant for Student Exchanges with Brazilian Universities
U.S. Department of Education
$204,000
2007 - 2008 Contract for Global Studies Program
Distance Defense Language Institute
$1,010,000
2005 - 2007 “Global Studies: Students Discovering the World”
U.S. Department of Education
Undergraduate International and Foreign Language Grant
$158,800
2001 - 2002 College Teachers Summer Institute on the Americas of José Martí
National Endowment for the Humanities
$180,000
1999 Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
University of South Florida and Tulane University, Office of Naval Research
$1,300,000
1996 Networking Area Studies Programs in Alabama
Ford Foundation
$210,000
1993 Guide to Ivey Cultural Approach to World History
Ivey Foundation
$4,000
1993 Summer Teachers Institute
Alabama Humanities Foundation
Alabama Humanities Foundation Grant for World History
$20,500
1991 Summer Institute on the Columbian Voyage and its Legacies
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
$130,000
1990 Fulbright-Hayes Teaching Award
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
$20,000
1989 Planning Grant for a New Mexico History Day Competition
New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities
Role: Principal Investigator
$500
1988 Designing the Latin American Biographical Database
University of New Mexico
Planning Grant
$5,166
1987 The Populists of Brazil
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Fulbright-Hayes Research Award
$18,000
1985 Beveridge Grant
American Historical Association
$1,000
1985 Summer Research Grant
Mellon Foundation; Latin American & Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico
$2,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2009 - Present Director, Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation and Immigration, San José State University
2002 - Present Director, Global Studies Initiative, San José State University
2009 - 2012 Associate Dean, College of Social Sciences, San José State University
2001 - 2002 Co-director, NEH College Institute on “The Americas of Jose Marti", University of South Florida/Center for Martí Studies
1997 - 2002 Founding Director, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of South Florida
1998 - 2000 Co-director, Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, University of South Florida and Tulane University
1998 Member, Bolton Prize Committee
1993 - 1997 Executive Secretary, Conference on Latin American History
1991 - 1996 Co-director, Institute for Latin American Studies, Auburn University
1991 - 1995 Co-Director, Institute for Latin American Studies, Auburn University
1993 - 1994 Member, Ad Hoc History Department Committee on Salary Compression, Auburn University
1993 - 1994 Member, Vice President for Research Search Committee, Auburn University
1993 Humanities Advisor, Alabama Humanities Foundation Summer Institute, "Staging World History: Cultures and Boundaries"
1993 Co-Director, Summer Teachers Institute, Auburn University and Tuskegee University
1991 - 1993 Co-Chair, Program Committee, The Southeastern Conference of Latin American Studies
1992 Member, Professional Improvement Leave Review Committee, Auburn University
1991 Director, NEH/National History Day Summer Institute on the Columbian Voyage, University of New Mexico
1989 - 1990 President, University of New Mexico Fulbright Alumni Association
1988 Chair, College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Promotion Committee, University of New Mexico
1984 Faculty coordinator, Guadalajara Summer School, University of New Mexico
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Honors and Awards

  • • Pan American Medallion for career service in history, Pan American Institute for Geography and History, 2009
  • • Presidential Recognition Awards, University of New Mexico, 1980
  • • Presidential Recognition Awards, University of New Mexico, 1979

Courses

  • Quantitative and Computer Methods (Graduate Seminar)
  • U.S. Foreign Relations (Graduate Seminar)
  • Ibero-American studies (Graduate Seminar)
  • Modernization in Latin America (Graduate Seminar)
  • The Caribbean and Central America (Graduate Seminar)
  • Modern Latin America (Graduate Seminar)
  • Brazilian History (Graduate Seminar)
  • World History
  • Inter-American Relations
  • Southern South America
  • Mexico since 1821
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Spain and Portugal in the Americas
  • Urban History of Latin America
  • Society and Development of Latin America
  • Survey of Latin America in the National Period
  • Latin America and the World
  • Brazil 1500-Present

Education

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1976 Ph.D., Stanford University ‐ Latin American History
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1969 M.A., Stanford University ‐ Latin American Studies
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1968 B.A., University of California - Berkeley ‐ Latin American Studies
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Contact Information

Michael.Conniff@sjsu.edu


Books (13)

Selected Articles and Book Chapters (20)