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Holly Ackerman, Affiliate

Holly Ackerman

As Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino/a Studies I work with many departments of the University and the Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to assure that our collection is among the world’s best and to assist students and faculty in their use of the collection. I work closely with my counterpart at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill to maintain the cooperative collection development on Latin America which began in 1940 and is the oldest cooperative agreement of its kind in the U.S.

As a scholar, my principal research interests are in 20th and 21st Century Migration Studies; Comparative History and Politics; Public History; Emergency and Disaster Studies; processes of national reconciliation and Critical Geo-Political Theory. I have written extensively on Caribbean Sea migration and, more recently, have begun comparative study on Mediterranean Sea migration.

My 1995 book, The Cuban Balseros: Voyage of Uncertainty, established the foundational demography and history of Cuban raft crisis of 1994. In 2012, I was a Contributing Editor to Cuba: People, Culture, History, a two volume set of 300 essays, edited & written by leading scholars in Cuba & the U.S. It is the first large-scale joint publishing project between Cuban & U.S. researchers. I recently published “Post D-17 and Processes of Cuban National Reconciliation.” In Eric Hershberg & William M. LeoGrande. A New Chapter in U.S.-Cuban Relations: Impacts on the Island and Beyond, 2016.

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Office Location:  Bostock 228, Durham, NC 27708
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Caribbean Area • Cuba--Emigration and immigration • Dominican Republic • Haiti • Reconciliation • Truth commissions

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Ackerman, H, Escape to Miami: An Oral History of the Cuban Rafter Crisis, written by Elizabeth Campisi, New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West Indische Gids, vol. 91 no. 3-4 (2017), pp. 313-314, Brill [doi]
  2. “Post D-17 and Processes of Cuban National Reconciliation.”, in A New Chapter in US-Cuba Relations Social, Political, and Economic Implications, edited by LeoGrande, W; Hershberg, E (May, 2016), Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 3319295942  [abs]
  3. Ackerman, H, Deciding on Databases: Strategies for Selecting in Latin American and Spanish Language Studies, The Charleston Advisor, vol. 16 no. 2 (October, 2014), pp. 64-67, The Charleston Co. [doi]
  4. Ackerman, H, Flight, Dilution, and Solidarity: Cubans in Venezuela (2012), Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University
  5. Ackerman, H; Rivera, A, Nation on the Move - the Puerto Rican Diaspora: Photographs by Frank Espada (2012), Duke University Libraries

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