Assistant Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2016
Political sociology, comparative-historical sociology, Latin-American studies, social theory
SOC 300 Global Social Change
SOC 335 Political Sociology
SOC 800 Race in Comparative Perspective
Ackerman uses comparative-historical methods to understand how political
identities form and become operative. He has studied this process in two
contexts: political party formation in Latin America, and the historical
trajectory of debates over ‘illegal’ immigration from the global South to the
U.S. His works has been published in Ethnic
and Racial Studies, the Journal
of Language and Politics, and Contexts,
and has been featured in National
Public Radio (NPR), among other media outlets. He is currently working
on a book manuscript that focuses on how mass political parties form and
consolidate, developing a comparison between post-revolutionary Mexico and
Bolivia. Edwin is a former MFP Fellow and Ford Fellow. He received his PhD in
Sociology from UC Berkeley.
2014.“‘What part of illegal don’t you understand?:’ Bureaucracy and
Civil Society in the Shaping of the Immigration Debate in the U.S.” Ethnic and Racial Studies,
Vol. 37, Issue 2.
Ackerman, Edwin. 2014. “The ‘Illegal Alien’ As a Category of Analysis: A
Methodological Intervention.” Journal
of Language and Politics, Issue 13:3.
Ackerman, Edwin. 2013. “The Rise of the ‘Illegal Alien.’” Contexts, Vol. 12, Issue
2012. “A Mexican Spring?” Jacobin,
December 12, 2012.
Ackerman, Edwin. 2011. “NAFTA and Gatekeeper: A Theoretical Assessment Of
Border- Enforcement In The Era Of The Neoliberal State.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology,
Recent Invited Lectures
“Two Primitive Accumulations and Party Formation in Mexico and Bolivia,” Development and Governance Seminar at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, February 15th, 2017.
“‘What Part of Illegal Don’t You Understand?’ : Tracing the Debate Over Immigration.” Syracuse University Project Advance, Syracuse University, December 1st, 2016.
“The Emergence of the PRI: Land, Civil Society, and Party Formation in Post-revolutionary Mexico.” Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, October 14, 2015