Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino/a Studies

Bostock 231
Box 90195
Durham, NC  27708-0195
Phone: +1-919-660-5845

Holly Ackerman is the Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies in the Duke Libraries’ Department of International and Area Studies. She is an active participant in the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) and the Latin American Studies Association.


Ph.D., International Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

M.S., Social Work, Columbia University, New York City, New York

B.A., Sociology, Howard University, Washington, D.C.


Holly is the author of The Cuban Balseros: Voyage of Uncertainty which established the foundational demography and history of the 1994 Cuban raft crisis. She has also published on various topics related to the Cuban diaspora and Caribbean migration. Her work has appeared in the journals Cuban Studies; Encuentro de la cultura cubana; and Latino Studies. She is a contributing editor and author in the award-winning collection of essays Cuba. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2011.