Assistant Professor, Sociology
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.
Ackerman, Edwin. In Press (estimated
publication: November 2021). Origins of
the Mass Party: Dispossession and the
Party-form in Mexico and Bolivia in Comparative Perspective. Oxford University Press.
Ackerman, Edwin. “The Two Primitive
Accumulations Behind Political Articulation: A Case Study of Bolivia’s MNR (1952-1964).” Conditionally
Accepted in American Journal of Sociology.
Ackerman, Edwin. 2020. “Mass Party Formation and
Incorporation: Land, Civil Society, and Party in Post-Revolutionary Mexico” in Social Science History, 44(2),
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.” in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 37, Issue 2.
* Honorable Mention, Best Graduate Student Paper Award in Political
Sociology, American Sociological Association 2013.
* Featured in National Public
Radio, Pacific Standard Magazine,
Danish Public Radio, and half a dozen
other media outlets.
Ackerman, Edwin. 2014. “The ‘Illegal
Alien’ As a Category of Analysis: A Methodological Intervention” in Journal
of Language and Politics, Issue
Ackerman, Edwin. 2011. “NAFTA and
Gatekeeper: A Theoretical Assessment Of Border - Enforcement
In The Era Of The Neoliberal State” in Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Vol. 55.
Ackerman, Edwin. Forthcoming. “The Political Sociology of Pierre
Bourdieu and Antonio Gramsci” in Dylan Riley
and Marco Santoro (eds.), The
Sociological Uses of Gramsci. Anthem Press/Cambridge
Edwin. 2021. “¿Corrupción cómo economía política?” (“Corruption as Political Economy?”) in Heredia, Blanca, and Hernán Gomez
(eds.), La 4T: Claves Para Descifrar el
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
Fernandez de Castro, Rafael (ed.), La
Diplomacia Consular en los tiempos de Trump. Colegio de la Frontera Norte: Mexico.
Reports, Reviews, Commissioned Texts
Ackerman, Edwin. 2021. “Actually
Existing Post-neoliberalism in Mexico.” Politica
y Gobierno, Vol.
28, No. 2.
Ackerman, Edwin. 2021. “Gobierna la
izquierda en México?” (“Does the Left Govern in Mexico?”
in Jacobin Latinoamerica, January
Ackerman, Edwin. 2020. Book Review:
Paulo Gerbaudo’s The Mask and the Flag: Populism, Citizenism and Global
Protest in American Journal of
Sociology, Vol. 125, No.
6, May 2020.
Ackerman, Edwin. 2020. Book Review:
Santiago Anria’s When Movements Become Parties: Bolivia’s MAS in Comparative
Perspective in Contemporary
Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, Vol. 49, Issue 2, 2020.
Ackerman, Edwin. 2019.
“Neoliberalism and Corruption in Mexico: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” in NACLA Report on the Americas, 51:2.
Ackerman, Edwin. 2013. “The Rise of
the ‘Illegal Alien’” in Contexts,
Vol. 12, Issue 3.