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Adam Goodman, PhD

Associate Professor

LALS and History


Building & Room:

1521 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-5340


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Adam Goodman is an assistant professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and in the Department of History 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 book, The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton University Press, 2020), traces the troubling history of the US government’s systematic efforts to terrorize and expel noncitizens over the past 140 years. The book uncovers public officials' use of force, coercion, and fear to purge immigrants from the country and exert control over those who remain. It introduces the politicians, bureaucrats, businesspeople, and ordinary citizens who have pushed for and profited from expulsion. The Deportation Machine chronicles the devastating human costs of punitive enforcement policies and the innovative strategies people have adopted to fight against removal and redefine belonging in ways that transcend citizenship.

Goodman has written articles, essays, and reviews that have appeared in academic venues like the Journal of American History and the Journal of American Ethnic History, and in popular outlets such as The Nation and the Washington Post. He has received support for his work from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Program, and Immigration and Ethnic History Society, among others. In 2017, Goodman helped organize the #ImmigrationSyllabus project. He co-organizes the Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar at the Newberry Library and the Global Migration Working Group at UIC, where he also serves as a faculty advisor to the Fearless Undocumented Alliance.

Before moving to Chicago, Goodman was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a visiting scholar at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Publications

The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton University Press, May 2020)

Bananas North, Deportees South: Punishment, Profits, and the Human Costs of the Business of Deportation,” Journal of American History 106, no. 4 (March 2020): 949-74

The core of Donald Trump’s immigration policy? Fear,” Washington Post, Aug. 24, 2017.

Nation of Migrants, Historians of Migration,” Journal of American Ethnic History 34, no. 4 (Summer 2015): 7-16.

A Long Series of Uncertainties,” The Nation, Sept. 22, 2014. (essay on Central American refugee crisis and migration)

How the Mexican Drug Trade Thrives on Free Trade,” The Nation, July 15, 2014. (with Christy Thornton)

More publications here.