Librarian for Latin America & Iberia
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.
Ackerman, H. "Political Perspectives on Prisoners in Cuba." Cuba. Ed. A West-Duran, H Ackerman, V Fowler Calzada, GM Garcia, LA Pérez, C Salgado, and MDLA Torres. Charles Scribner Sons, June 3, 2011. (Essay)
Ackerman, H. "The World and Cuba: Ideological Struggle in the United Nations." Cuba. June 3, 2011. (Essay)
Ackerman, H. "Different diasporas: Cubans in Venezuela, 1959-1998." Cuba: IDEA of a Nation Displaced. December 1, 2007. 90-106.
Ackerman, H. "Hacia una definición de la reunificación nacional." Cultura sin miedo antología de la revista 'Catálogo de letras' 1994-1999. Ed. S Triff. 2001. (Chapter)
Ackerman, H. "Incentives and Impediments to Cuban National Reconciliation." Ed. E Linger and J Cotman. 2000. (Chapter)
Ackerman, H. "Deciding on Databases: Strategies for Selecting in Latin American and Spanish Language Studies." The Charleston Advisor 16.2 (October 1, 2014): 64-67. Full Text
Ackerman, H. "Full-Text Databases for Spanish Content: Fuente Académica; ¡Informe!; Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas (PRISMA)." The Charleston Advisor 11.2 (2009).
Ackerman, H. "HLAS, HAPI, and PRISMA: A Comparative Review of the Foundational Databases of Latin American Studies and a Recent Complement." The Charleston Advisor 11.1 (2009).
Ackerman, H. "Los balseros Cubanos: antes y ahora." Revista Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana 36.April 2005 (2005).
Ackerman, H. "An Analysis & Demographic Profile of Cuban Balseros." Cuban Studies 24.1996 (1996).
Ackerman, H. "Flight, Dilution, and Solidarity: Cubans in Venezuela." (2012). (Digital Edition)
Ackerman, H, and Rivera, A. "Nation on the Move - the Puerto Rican Diaspora: Photographs by Frank Espada." (2012).
Ackerman, H. "The Sea Is History." (2009). (Digital Edition)
Ackerman, H. "Caribbean Sea Migration Collection, 1959-2003." (2009). (Archive)
Ackerman, H. "Cuba: Potential Refugee Crisis? An Assessment." (2006). (Digital Edition)
Ackerman, H. "The Cuban Rafter Phenomenon: A Unique Sea Exodus." (2005). (Archive)