WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Reception for the 2016 WOLA/Duke Human Rights Book Award Winner

Friday, 5 May 2017
Washington DC

WOLA and Duke University invite you to a reception for the
2016 WOLA/Duke Human Rights Book Award

Honoring Chad Broughton for
Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities

Please join us for a reading from the book and discussion with the author.

Friday, May 5, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
1666 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington D.C. 20009

A reception will precede the award presentation and book reading.

To RSVP, please fill out the form on the right.

Chad Broughton’s book, Boom, Bust, Exodus, has been named the winner of the 2016 WOLA/Duke Human Rights Book Award. Broughton will join us for a reading and discussion of his book. Boom, Bust, Exodus traces the ripple effects of a single factory closing in Galesburg, Illinois, and its reopening in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, a border city in Mexico.

Chad Broughton, senior lecturer in Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, conducted several years of fieldwork in the United States and Mexico, and interweaves stories of people, places, and policies in this narrative account. Broughton tells a human story of the NAFTA era from the point of view of those most caught up in its dislocation—former industrial workers and their families in the Rust Belt; assemblers and activists in the borderland maquiladoras; and migrant laborers from the Mexican countryside.

Praise from the WOLA-Duke Book Award Committee:

  • Boom, Bust, Exodus is a searching examination of the human effects of globalization on communities in the United States and Mexico. It could hardly be more resonant with issues central to the U.S. election campaign and its outcome,” – Alex Wilde, American University Research Fellow in Residence
  • “The longitudinal interviews of American workers are excellent and we feel for each individual,” – Leonor Blum, head judge, Notre Dame of Maryland University


First awarded in 2008, the WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award honors the best current fiction and non-fiction book published in English on human rights, democracy, and social justice in contemporary Latin America. A panel of expert judges drawn from academia, journalism, and public policy circles evaluates the books.


Larissa Ong, WOLA
(202) 797-2171