Gil Latz

Gil Latz

Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, IUPUI

Phone: (317) 278-3115


Gil Latz is Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs and Professor of Geography, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Associate Vice President for International Affairs, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, and Affiliated Philanthropic Studies Faculty Member, Indiana University.

In addition to his position at IUPUI, Dr. Latz currently serves as president of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), 2016-17. In 2016, Dr. Latz was appointed as a Senior Associate for Internationalization at the American Council on Education. 

Until 2012, he was affiliated with Portland State University, Portland, Oregon; over his 28 year appointment at PSU, he held positions in: Geography, International Studies, and as Vice Provost for International Affairs. In 2009, Dr. Latz chaired the submission that garnered PSU the NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Senator Paul Simon Award for Exemplary Campus Internationalization. Dr. Latz is a graduate of Occidental College (BA, 1974). His graduate research training took place at the University of Chicago (1976-1980; MA, 1978) and the University of Tokyo (1980-84); in 1986 he was granted the Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Chicago.

He has a longstanding interest in curricular internationalization, including publications on the intersection of internationalization, diversity, and community engagement, global learning for all, and assessing study abroad. Research and publications have also focused on the internationalization of higher education in the US and Asia; and regional development and resource management policy (agriculture and urban) in East Asia, North America and Europe. In addition to his longstanding study of the comparative dimensions of regional development, Dr. Latz conducts research on Japan’s modernization process in terms of the role played by philanthropy and civic leadership.

Dr. Latz’s secondary interests focus on international trade and educational video development. The former included a six-year appointment (1987-93) as Executive Director of the International Trade Institute at Portland State University, an organization with responsibility for conducting foreign market research opportunities for Oregon businesses. This interest continues with his 2013 appointment as Core team co-leader, Brookings/JP Morgan Chase Global Cities Initiative Exchange, a project that explores the role of metropolitan areas in global trade, in collaboration with the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Brookings Institution, and IUPUI. The latter interest includes extensive work as an educational consultant on telecourse development to the Annenberg / Corporation for Public Broadcasting Project (1987-2005), e.g., The Pacific Century, 1992, the Power of Place: World Regional Geography, 1996; 2003; Teaching Geography, 2002, 2003. The Pacific Century received an Emmy and the Columbia University Silver Baton for Broadcast Journalism (1993). The Power of Place received the National Council of Geographic Education Excellence in Media Award (2004).

Dr. Latz is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is married to Celia A. Latz, a native of West Lafayette, Indiana, and a fashion designer who resided for 35 years in Venice, Italy.