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A specialist in history of U.S. foreign relations, 20th-century America and the global history of the Cold War, Michael Latham earned his B.A. at Pomona College, summa cum laude, in 1989. He received an M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1993 and then received a Ph.D. from UCLA in 1996. Before becoming dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill in 2010, Latham served on the Fordham history faculty from 1996 to 2009, rising to full professor and then interim dean. His publications include The Right Kind of Revolution: Modernization, Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the Present (Cornell University Press, 2011) and Modernization as Ideology: American Social Science and “Nation Building” in the Kennedy Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), as well as numerous articles and collections. He has also served on the faculty of the Nanjing University-Johns Hopkins University Center for Chinese and American Studies. In 2007, Latham received Fordham University’s award for outstanding undergraduate teaching in the social sciences.
Latham grew up in Honolulu. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Maile, 11, and Anya, 9.