Susan Eckstein

Susan Eckstein

Susan Eckstein

Professor, Sociology and International Relations

PhD, Columbia University (1972)

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Curriculum Vitae


Susan Eckstein is a specialist on urbanization, immigration, poverty, rights and injustices, and social movements in the context of Third World Countries. She has also written on agrarian reform, comparative development, and effects of revolution. Her main focus is on Latin America. She has written most extensively on Mexico, Cuba, and Bolivia. Currently she am working on immigration and its impact across borders, focusing on the Cuban experience in particular. She has also done some writing on working class volunteerism and suburban ethnicity in the U.S.

Professor Eckstein is the author of three books (in multiple editions) and editor of another three books in English. She has further published two books in Spanish and authored about seven dozen articles, winning several awards for her publications. She has held grants and fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute for World Order, a Mellon-MIT grant, the Ford Foundation, and the Tinker Foundation. She has served as President of the Latin American Studies Association and of the New England Council on Latin America; held numerous other positions in the two societies as well as in the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society; and served on the editorial boards of about a dozen journals and press editorial boards.


2009. The Immigrant Divide: How Cuban Americans Changed the U.S. and their Homeland. New York:  Routledge.   Winner of the 2010 American Political Science Association Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (REP) award for best 2009 book on race, ethnicity, political participation and public opinion.

2009. “The Personal is Political: The Cuban Ethnic Electoral Policy Cycle.” Latin American Politics and Society 51(1):119-48.

2001. “Community as Gift-Giving: Collective Roots of Volunteerism” American Sociological Review 66. Winner of the 2002 Robert E. Park Best Article Award, Community and Urban Sociology Section of the ASA.

2003. Struggles for Social Justice in Latin America (co-editor) Routledge .

2003. What Justice? Whose Justice: Fighting for Fairness in Latin America (co-editor) University of California Press.

2001, 1989. Power and Popular Protest: Latin American Social Movements (ed.) University of California.

1977, 1988. The Poverty of Revolution: The State and Urban Poor in Mexico. Princeton University Press.