Michael Latham joined Grinnell College as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College in 2014. A specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations, 20th-century America, and the global history of the Cold War, he 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. After serving on the faculty of Fordham University for thirteen years and rising to full professor, he became Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill in 2010, a position he held until moving to Grinnell. 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, Hawai’i. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Maile and Anya.