Conniff, Michael L.
Year Retired from SJSU
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University of California, 1968, BA, Latin American Studies
Stanford University, 1969, MA, Latin American Studies
Stanford University, 1976, Ph.D., History
Rio de Janeiro during the Great Depression, 1930-1937
University of New Mexico, 1975-1990
Auburn University, 1990-1997
University of South Florida, 1997-2002
San Jose State University, 2002-2012, FERP 2012-2016
Administrative and Professional Experience
Co-director, Institute for Latin American Studies, Auburn, 1991-1995
Founding director, Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, USF, 1997-2002
Founding director, Global Studies Initiative, SJSU, 2002-2012
Associate Dean, College of Social Sciences, SJSU, 2009-2012
I came to SJSU to create the Global Studies Initiative, that consisted of a new BA degree, faculty development, grant writing and administration, study abroad, and research promotion through the Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation and Immigration, on a 0.8 FTE appointment. I managed several million dollars in grants and contracts. The remaining 0.2 appointment was in the History Department, where I taught part time and conducted my own research.
Ten books and scores of articles, including:
Africans in the Americas: A History of the Black Diaspora. With Thomas J. Davis, editors and contributors. New York: St. Martin's Press, 356 pp., 1994. New printing by Blackburn Press, 2003-.
Populism in Latin America. Editor and contributor. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 243 pp., 1999. Revised edition, 2012.
A New History of Modern Latin America. Co-author with Lawrence Clayton. Ft. Worth: Harcourt Brace, 550 pp., 1999. New editions by Thompson, Belmont CA, 2005, and University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2017 (with Susan Gauss).
Modern Panama: From Occupation to Crossroads of the Americas. Co-author with Gene E. Bigler. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019. Spanish edition by City of Knowledge, Republic of Panama, 2019.