Gil Latz

Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, IUPUI; Associate Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University; Professor of Geography, IUPUI; Affiliate Faculty Member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

902 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN


  • 1986, Ph.D., Geography, The University of Chicago
  • 1980–84, Dissertation Research, Institute of Human Geography, University of Tokyo
  • 1980–81, Advanced Japanese Studies Center, Stanford University, Tokyo
  • 1978, M.A., Geography, The University of Chicago
  • 1974, B.A., Religion and English Literature, Occidental College, Los Angeles
  • 1972–73, Junior Year Abroad, International Division, Waseda University, Tokyo


Gil Latz is associate vice chancellor for international affairs and professor of geography, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; associate vice president for international affairs, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs; and affiliated philanthropic studies faculty member, Indiana University. Until 2012, he was affiliated with Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. Over his 28-year appointment at PSU, he held positions in geography and international studies, and as vice provost for international affairs. Dr. Latz is a graduate of Occidental College (B.A., 1974). His graduate research training took place at the University of Chicago (1976–1980; M.A., 1978) and the University of Tokyo (1980–84); in 1986 he was granted a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Chicago. His research has focused on 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 member, 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; and 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).


  • Julie F. Hatcher, Mary A. Price, Dawn M. Whitehead and Gil Latz. “Using a partnership approach in study abroad: Implications and strategies for program design and assessment.” Invited chapter: Assessing International Learning: Theory and Practice, Ed. by V. Savicki and B. Brewer. 2015.
  • Gil Latz, Susan Sutton, and Barbara Hill, “An Internationalized Stewardship of Urban Places.” Metropolitan Universities Journal. 2015.
  • Gil Latz, Ed. Rediscovering Shibusawa Eiichi in the 21st Century: The Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation, 1999-2014. 2014. (2015: Japanese edition expected).
  • Gil Latz. “Asia: Transnational Organizations”. 21st Century Geography: A Reference Handbook. Joseph P. Stoltman, Editor. 2012.

News Articles

  • Gil Latz, Marty Vanags, and Kathy Davis, “Trade is crucial to Indianapolis’ future.” Indianapolis Business Journal, 25 January 2014.

Research Interests


  • The Extended Metropolis in Asia; Political-economy of East Asia; International trade between the United States and East Asia; Japanese views of and policy toward the Pacific Basin; Comparative Forest History in Europe, North America, and East Asia; World Regional Geography; World Geography of Irrigation
  • Current Research: Role of universities as partners in metropolitan regional development in a globally interconnected world

Internationalization/curriculum development

  • Infusing World Regional Geography and Asian content into the undergraduate curriculum; development of distance education teaching and assessment techniques –print, video, web-based-- all levels of education, especially international; comparative international curriculum assessment
  • Current Research
    • University/ Community Partnerships: internationalization and the stewardship of urban places
    • Trans-Pacific Leadership: leadership characteristics to develop and maintain the concept of “civil society,” utilizing a community-based learning approach


  • Trends in Japanese philanthropy and civil society, 1868 to the present; characteristics of the Japanese metropolis; regional development policy; agricultural development policy; water resource development policy; contemporary and historical irrigation; religious influences on the cultural landscape; tourism, domestic and international
  • Current Research
    • 20th century foundations of Japanese philanthropic traditions in comparative perspective
    • A case study of the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation, Tokyo

Current Projects

  • Philanthropy and Global Learning, embedded in 2016 Association of International Education Administrators annual meeting, University Leadership in Building better Communities, Nations, and World
  • Rediscovering Shibusawa Eiichi in the 21st Century: The Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation
  • Brookings/JP Morgan Chase Global Cities Initiative Exchange, a collaboration between Brookings Institution, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor’s Office, Indianapolis, and IUPUI
  • An Internationalized Stewardship of Urban Places, an IUPUI Strategic Plan partnership between the Office of International Affairs and Office of Community Engagement

Honors & Awards

  • President, Association of International Education Administrators, 2015–2017.
  • Core team project, Brookings/JP Morgan Chase Global Cities Initiative Exchange, a collaboration between Brookings Institution, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor’s Office, Indianapolis, and IUPUI. 2013–2015.
  • Selection Jury Chair, Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, 2011 and 2012. NAFSA: Association of International Educators.


  • Co-organizer, Association of American Geographers, The Extended Metropolis in Asia: Reconsidering the Ginsburg/McGee Thesis 25 Years Later. 2015.
  • Invited Panelist. Building a Competitive Global Region. Brookings/JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Initiative, Indianapolis. 19 February 2015.
  • Convener, Internationalization and Community Engagement Roundtable, Association of International Education Administrators, Annual Conference, 2015
  • Co-presenter. Corporate Social Responsibility: Comparing MNCs and Chinese Companies. Marjorie Lyles and Gil Latz. The China Philanthropy Summit, IUPUI, 2014.
  • Invited Plenary Speaker, Effective Leadership in Japan: the Case of Shibusawa Eiichi, Tobias Leadership Conference, 2014.
  • Invited Panelist. ACE Leadership Network for International Education meeting, “Collaborative Internationalization”: The New Complexity of Global Partnerships. American Council on Education, Washington, D.C. 2014
  • Invited Panelist. An Expansive Notion of International Education: Transformative Models that Deepen our Commitment to Global Learning. APLU Annual Meeting, 2014.

Other Activities

Editorial Board member

  • University of Toronto Press, Japan and Global Society Series

Journal editor

  • Asian Perspective (contributing Review Editor)
  • Global Environment: Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences

Board and advisory memberships

  • Japan America Society of Indiana
  • Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication, IUPUI
    • Advisory Board
  • Center for Global Health, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
    • Advisory Board
  • Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication, IUPUI
    • Advisory Board
  • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
    • Board of Directors
  • Immigrant Welcome Center, Indianapolis
    • Advisory Board
  • Indiana University India Gateway Facility, Gurgaon, India
    • Board of Directors
  • Indiana University Center for Study of Global Change
    • Advisory Board
  • Confucius Institute of Indianapolis, IUPUI
    • Advisory Board
  • Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation, Tokyo
    • Advisor
  • Waseda Oregon Program, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
    • Board of Directors (2010–11)