Indiana University, Bloomington
Gould is Rudy Professor of History and since 1995 he has served as the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is recognized a specialist on Central American social movements, ethnic conflicts and political violence He has taught on these subjects and published widely in academic journals.
Gould's scholarship all deals with questions related to political violence in Central America. He is the author of To Lead as Equals: Rural Protest and Political Consciousness in Chinandega, Nicaragua, 1912-1979 UNC Press, 1990; El Mito de Nicaragua Mestiza y la Resistencia Indígena Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica, 1997; and To Die in This Way: Nicaraguan Indian Communities and the Myth of Mestizaje, 1880-1965 (Duke University Press). He is co-author of The Twentieth Century: A Retrospective (Westview 2002) He is co editor of Memorias de Mestizaje: la política cultural en América Central desde 1900 (CIRMA 2004). The latter book derived from an NEH collaborative project that he co directed with Charles Hale and Darío Euraque. That project that dealt with the problems of ethnic identity and violence in Central America involved 15 Central American scholars. Gould co-directed and co-produced "Scars of Memory: El Salvador, 1932." (Icarus, 2003), a 53-minute documentary film (Award of Merit, LASA).
In 2002, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship to write a book on events and memories surrounding the insurrection and massacres in El Salvador, in 1932. He has published two substantive articles that derive from his research on political violence: "Revolutionary Nationalism and Local Memories in El Salvador," "Reclaiming the Political in Latin American History: the View from the North", Edited by Gilbert Joseph, Duke University Press, 2001 and "They Call Us Thieves and Steal Our Wage: Toward a Reinterpretation of the Salvadoran Mobilization, 1929-1931" (coauthored) in the Hispanic American Historical Review (2004).
Gould received his undergraduate education at Yale (B.A.
History, 1976). He received a Licenciatura degree in Latin American
Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma (Costa Rica) in 1981. He
pursued graduate studies in Latin American history at Yale (PhD.
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