I am an assistant professor of history and Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). My 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.
My book, The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton UP, 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.
I have 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. I have discussed Latinx history and immigration policy in national Spanish- and English-language television interviews on Univisión and Mexico’s Canal 22, and on the podcast BackStory. The National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Program, and Immigration and Ethnic History Society have supported my work.
In 2017, I helped organize the #ImmigrationSyllabus project. I am one of the coordinators the Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar at the Newberry Library and the Global Migration Working Group at UIC, where I also serve as a faculty advisor to the Fearless Undocumented Alliance.
Before moving to Chicago, I 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. I received my Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
Contact me at adam.si.goodman[AT]gmail.com.