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Joseph S. Tulchin

Senior Scholar
Latin American Program

Latin America
Senior Scholar
Jan 01, 2009
Apr 30, 2016

Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin served as Director of the Latin American Program from 1989 through 2005. His areas of expertise are U.S. foreign policy, inter-American relations, contemporary Latin America, strategic planning, and social science research methodology. Dr. Tulchin was previously Professor of History and Director of International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he edited the Latin American Research Review, and served for seven years as a faculty member of Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, read history at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and received his B.A. from Amherst College. Throughout his long career he has taught or lectured in nearly every country in the hemisphere, published more than 100 scholarly articles and more than seventy books.


Ph.D., History, Harvard University; Cambridge University; B.A., American Studies, Amherst College


Argentina,Democratization,International Security,Latin America,U.S. Foreign Policy,Urban Issues


Three time recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship; NDEA Fellow; and National Fellow (Hoover Institution)


Professor of History and Director of International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Professor of History at Yale University; author; consultant to U.S. Dept. of State, UN Habitat, USAID



Contemporary Latin America; hemispheric affairs and U.S. foreign policy; and comparative urban development

Major Publications

  • Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective, co-editor (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004)
  • Latin America in the New International System, co-editor (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001)
  • Argentina and the United States: A Conflicted Relationship (Twayne, 1990)
  • The Aftermath of War: World War I and U.S. Policy Toward Latin America (New York University Press, 1971)

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