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Adam Goodman, PhD

Assistant Professor

LALS and History


Building & Room:

1521 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-5340


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Office Hours - Spring 2020
Thursday 02:00pm – 04:00pm


Adam Goodman is an assistant professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). 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 UP, forthcoming spring 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 or are forthcoming 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.