Susan Eckstein is professor of sociology at Boston University, past president of the Latin American Studies Association, and associate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. A specialist in immigration, poverty, and other Third World issues, she focuses most of her research on Cuba and Cuban American-Cuban transnational ties.
While a Radcliffe Institute fellow, Eckstein plans to write a book that builds on those interests and focuses on changing Cuban American-Cuban transnational ties among people. These ties are transforming Cuba economically, socially, and culturally, if not yet politically. She will compare trends in Cuba with those in other countries to highlight features that are unique and shared across borders. She will also address the “dollarization” of Cuba and its contradictory consequences.
Eckstein is the author of six books, most recently Back from the Future: Cuba under Castro (Princeton University Press, 1994), and of approximately six dozen articles. She coedited Struggles for Social Rights in Latin America (Routledge, 2002) and What Justice? Whose Justice: Fighting for Fairness in Latin America (University of California Press, 2003). She has held various positions in professional associations, including eleven in the American Sociological Association and eight in the Latin American Studies Association. Her work has been funded by the Tinker Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon-MIT Inter-University Program on NGOs and Forced Migration.