Journalism in Mexico Now: A conversation with John M. Ackerman and David Brooks moderated by Roque Planas

This presentation highlights the work of two of Mexico’s most prominent journalists: John M. Ackerman, one of Mexico’s leading public intellectuals, and David Brooks, U.S. correspondent for the Mexican daily La Jornada. Moderated by Roque Planas, a NYC-based journalist covering latino and Latin American issues for The Huffington Post.


David Brooks has been La Jornada’s U.S. correspondent since 1992. He is the author of several scholarly works, including a book with noted sociologist of Mexico, Jonathan Fox. In 1988, Brooks founded the Mexico-U.S. Diálogos Program, which has promoted an ongoing bilateral interchange among national social sectors from both countries on economic integration. He has contributed to various media, academic and NGO journals in both countries, and has worked on various U.S.-Mexico projects as a researcher and consultant. Before his long tenure at La Jornada, Brooks worked at the Instituto de Estudios de Estados Unidos at CIDE, one of Mexico’s leading research institutes, and as a senior researcher and founding member of the Centro Latinoamericano de Estudios Estrategicos (CLEE), also in Mexico City.

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, 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 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 “El mito de la transición democrática: nuevas coordenadas para la transformación del régimen mexicano” (Planeta, 2015).

This program is made possible thanks to the support of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at the New York University (NYU)

Event information

Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 6:30pm

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
Phone: (212) 998-3650
53 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012