Alumni (National Fellow)

Adam Goodman

National Fellow
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (2015)
Dream Mentor:
Geraldo Cadava
Northwestern University
Fields of Interest:
Foreign Policy
Immigration Policy
International Relations
Region: Latin America


Adam Goodman is an assistant professor of history and Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research and teaching interests include migration history and policy; Mexican American and Latina/o history; border and borderlands history; and recent U.S., Mexican, and Central American history. Goodman’s most recent book, The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants, was published in June 2020 by the Princeton University Press. Goodman’s articles, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in academic venues like the Journal of American History and the Journal of American Ethnic History, and popular outlets such as The Nation and The Washington Post. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Program, Miller Center, and Immigration and Ethnic History Society, among others. In 2017, Goodman helped organize the #ImmigrationSyllabus project. He is one of the coordinators the Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar at the Newberry Library and the Global Migration Working Group at UIC, where he also serve as a faculty advisor to the Fearless Undocumented Alliance. Before coming to UIC, Goodman was a postdoctoral scholar in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Thesis Description:

“Mexican Migrants and the Rise of the Deportation Regime, 1942-2012”

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