Susan Eva Eckstein
Fellow: Awarded 2015
Field of Study: Sociology
Competition: US & Canada
I am Professor of International Relations and Sociology at Boston University and Past President of the Latin American Studies Association. I have written extensively on Mexico, Cuba, and Bolivia and on immigration and the impact immigrants have had across country borders. I wrote several books. The most recent, The Immigrant Divide: How Cuban Americans Changed the U.S. and Their Homeland, won awards from Sections of the American Political Science Association and American Sociological Association for Best Book in 2010/2011. I also authored prize-winning Back from the Future: Cuba under Castro and The Poverty of Revolution: The State and Urban Poor in Mexico. In addition, I edited Power and Popular Protest: Latin American Social Movements and co-edited books on social justice and social rights in Latin America with Timothy Wickham-Crowley and on developing country immigrant impacts in their homelands with Adil Najam. I also co-edited a 2015 double issue of Diaspora that focuses on generational differences within diverse diasporas.
I have received grants and fellowships for my book projects from a range of funding sources. They include the Russell Sage Foundation, 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 through MIT, the Ford Foundation, and the Tinker Foundation.
With my John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship I plan to write a book, Cuban Immigration Exceptionalism: The Long Cold War. It will document and account for the range of special immigration privileges that Cubans and no other foreign-born have enjoyed since Fidel Castro came to power in 1959.