Edwin Ackerman

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Edwin Ackerman

Contact Information

329 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-4030
Curriculum Vitae
Edwin Ackerman CV


Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2016


Political sociology, comparative-historical sociology, Latin-American studies, social theory


SOC 300 Global Capitalism

SOC 335 Political Sociology

SOC 611 Sociological Theory

SOC 800 Race in Comparative Perspective


Dr. Edwin 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 Social Science History, 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 on the origins of the mass party form, developing a comparison between post-revolutionary Mexico and Bolivia, and a project about the rise of evangelical political parties in Latin America (funded Notre Dame University’s Global Religion Research Initiative).
Edwin is a former ASA MFP Fellow and Ford Fellow, and was a Global History Fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center (18’-19’). He received his PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley.


Recent Publications

Ackerman, Edwin. Forthcoming. “Mass Party Formation and Incorporation: Land, Civil Society, and Party in Post-Revolutionary Mexico” in Social Science History. 

Ackerman, Edwin. 2019. “Neoliberalism and Corruption in Mexico: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” NACLA Report on the Americas, 51:2.

Ackerman, Edwin. 2019. "Alt-Right: El surgimiento y desarrollo de la 'Derecha Alternativa' en E.E.U.U" (“The Alt-right: The Emergence and Development of the Alternative Right in the U.S.”) in Fernandez de Castro, Rafael (editor) La Diplomacia Consular en los tiempos de Trump, Publisher: Colegio de la Frontera Norte: Mexico.

Ackerman, Edwin. 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.

Other Recent Publicatons

Ackerman, Edwin. 2019. “Mexico’s Fourth Transformation” in Jacobin,February 11th, 2019.

 Ackerman, Edwin. 2018. “AMLO’s Mexico” in Jacobin, July 4th, 2018. 

 Ackerman, Edwin. 2018. “A Potential Breakthrough in Mexico” in Jacobin, June 26th, 2018.



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