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.
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)
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. “The World and Cuba: Ideological Struggle in the United Nations.” Cuba, 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. “HLAS, HAPI, and PRISMA: A Comparative Review of the Foundational Databases of Latin American Studies and a Recent Complement.” The Charleston Advisor, vol. 11, no. 1, 2009.
Ackerman, H. “Full-Text Databases for Spanish Content: Fuente Académica; ¡Informe!; Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas (PRISMA).” The Charleston Advisor, vol. 11, no. 2, 2009.
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.