Holly Ackerman

Holly Ackerman

Librarian for Latin America & Iberia

External address: Bostock 231, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: +1 919 660 5845
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Room 209 Languages Building

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

Ackerman, H, and Clark, JM. The Cuban Balseros Voyage of Uncertainty. 1995. (Monograph) Open Access Copy

"“Post D-17 and Processes of Cuban National Reconciliation.”." A New Chapter in US-Cuba Relations Social, Political, and Economic Implications. Ed. LeoGrande, W and Hershberg, E.: Palgrave Macmillan. May 27, 2016. (Chapter)

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. "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. "Flight, Dilution, and Solidarity: Cubans in Venezuela." (2012). (Digital Edition)

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)