John M. Ackerman

Professor, Institute for Legal Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

John M. Ackerman is one of Mexico´s leading public intellectuals, writing bi-weekly columns at both the daily La Jornada and at Proceso magazine. He also writes frequently on Latin American politics for the international press, including Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Le Monde Diplomatique, Suddeutsche Zeitung, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Nation and The Atlantic. He is a Professor at the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and has published numerous books and scholarly articles in English, Spanish and French on the Mexican political system. Ackerman is also Editor-in-Chief of the Mexican Law Review, Vice President of the International Association of Administrative Law and has served as a Visiting Scholar at American University in Washington, D.C and at Sorbonne (Paris III) and Sciences Po in Paris, France. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz as well as a Ph.D. in Law from the UNAM and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. In 2012, the UNAM awarded him the prize for the university’s leading young scholar in the social sciences. His most recent book is entitled “El mito de la transición democrática: nuevas coordenadas para la transformación del régimen mexicano” (Planeta, 2015) (Purchase: Blog:; E-mail: