Susan E. Eckstein

Faculty Associate
Professor, Department of Sociology, Boston University


PhD, Columbia University


Urbanization, immigration, rights and injustices, social movements, Latin America

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Susan Eckstein is a specialist on urbanization, immigration, poverty, rights and injustices, and social movements in the context of developing countries. She has also written on agrarian reform, comparative development, and the effects of revolution. Her main focus is on Latin America. She has written most extensively on Mexico, Cuba, and Bolivia. Currently she is working on immigration and its impact across borders, focusing on the Cuban experience in particular. She has also written about working-class volunteerism and suburban ethnicity in the United States.

Professor Eckstein is the author of three books (in multiple editions) and editor of another three books. She has also 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, the Mellon Foundation (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.