Holly Ackerman

Holly Ackerman

Librarian for Latin America & Iberia

External address: Bostock 228, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: +1 919 660 5845
Office Hours: By appointment

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.

Selected Grants

Caribbean Maritime Migration: A Comparison of State Practice and Human Rights Standards awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

War and Memory in Peru awarded by Franklin Humanities Institute Global Foundations Seed Grant. (2019 to 2020)

Currents of Change: Migration, Transit and Outcomes in the Mediterranean awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, Durham, NC (2017 to 2018)

Ackerman, H., and J. M. Clark. The Cuban Balseros Voyage of Uncertainty. 1995. Open Access Copy

LeoGrande, W., and E. Hershberg, editors. ““Post D-17 and Processes of Cuban National Reconciliation.”.” A New Chapter in US-Cuba Relations Social, Political, and Economic Implications, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Ackerman, H. “Political Perspectives on Prisoners in Cuba.” Cuba, edited by A. West-Duran et al., Charles Scribner Sons, 2011.

Ackerman, H. “Different diasporas: Cubans in Venezuela, 1959-1998.” Cuba: IDEA of a Nation Displaced, 2007, pp. 90–106.

Ackerman, H. “Hacia una definición de la reunificación nacional.” Cultura Sin Miedo Antología de La Revista “Catálogo de Letras” 1994-1999, edited by S. Triff, 2001.

Ackerman, H. Incentives and Impediments to Cuban National Reconciliation. Edited by E. Linger and J. Cotman, 2000.

Ackerman, Holly. “Deciding on Databases: Strategies for Selecting in Latin American and Spanish Language Studies.” The Charleston Advisor, vol. 16, no. 2, The Charleston Co., Oct. 2014, pp. 64–67. Crossref, doi:10.5260/chara.16.2.64. Full Text

Ackerman, H. “Los balseros Cubanos: antes y ahora.” Revista Encuentro De La Cultura Cubana, vol. 36, no. April 2005, 2005.

Ackerman, H. “An Analysis & Demographic Profile of Cuban Balseros.” Cuban Studies, vol. 24, no. 1996, 1996.

Ackerman, H. Flight, Dilution, and Solidarity: Cubans in Venezuela. Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, 2012.

Ackerman, H., and A. Rivera. Nation on the Move - the Puerto Rican Diaspora: Photographs by Frank Espada. Duke University Libraries, 2012.

Ackerman, H. The Sea Is History. 2009.

Ackerman, H. Caribbean Sea Migration Collection, 1959-2003. Duke University Libraries, 2009.

Ackerman, H. Cuba: Potential Refugee Crisis? An Assessment. United Nations High Commission on Refugees, 2006.

Ackerman, H. The Cuban Rafter Phenomenon: A Unique Sea Exodus. University of Miami Libraries, 2005.