Michel Gobat's research interests focus on the impact of U.S. intervention in the Caribbean basin, and the nature of revolutionary processes in this region during the twentieth century. He completed a book entitled Confronting the American Dream: Nicaragua under U.S. Imperial Rule (2005). Based on research in Nicaraguan and U.S. archives, the book explores the effects of Americanization in Nicaragua from the heyday of Manifest Destiny through the U.S. military occupation of 1912-33. Michel has presented aspects of this work at conferences in the United States and Central America.
He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1998.
He teaches courses on the history of modern Latin America; U.S.-Latin American relations; U.S. intervention in the Caribbean basin; and Latin American revolutions. Courses recently taught include:
- 16W:051 Colloquium for History Majors (World)
- 16W:114 Latin America & U.S.: Historical Perspective
- 16W:115 Latin American Revolution
- 16:288 Readings in Latin American History
- Arts and Humanities Initiative Award, University of Iowa (2004-05)
- International Programs Travel Grant, University of Iowa (2004)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2000-01)
- Old Gold Fellowship, University of Iowa (2000)
- Sawyer Doctoral Fellowship through Harvard University Trade Union Program (1996-97)
- Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research Grant (1995)
- MacArthur-CASPIC Scholar Award, University of Chicago (1993-94)