- Guggenheim Fellow (1967)
James Scobie was hired as an associate professor of history (with tenure) to teach in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington in 1964. He was appointed to the faculty of the Graduate School and promoted from associate professor to professor in 1965. He was the director of the Latin American Studies Program (1964-1967) and chair of the Department of History (1970-1974). He resigned in 1977 to accept a position at the University of California, San Diego, and passed away four years later at the age of 51. He obtained an A.B. in international affairs (and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa) at Princeton University (1950) and an M.A. (1951) and a Ph.D. in history (1954) from Harvard University. Before coming to IU, Scobie served in the U.S. Army in Germany, taught part-time in the Overseas Program of the University of Maryland (1956-1957), and taught at the University of California, Berkeley (1957-1964).
During his career, Scobie received fellowships from the Doherty Foundation, the Social Science Research Council (1967-1968), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1968-1969), and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1975-1976) and the American Council of Learned Societies. He held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton) and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford) and won the Argentine prize, “Todo es Historia,” as the 1976 outstanding Argentine historian.
At the time of his death, Dr. Ramon E. Ruiz called Scobie “one of the distinguished scholars of Argentine history and one of the pioneer scholars of urban history for Latin America.” Dr. Richard Morse called Scobie “a pioneer in the study of Latin American urban history and one of the leading scholars of Argentine history in the United States.”