David Hernández

Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph. D., Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 2005.
M. A., American Studies, University of New Mexico, 1997.
B. A., Business Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1989.

Research Interests

Migration; Latino/a politics and social movements; race and ethnicity

Biography and Interests

Professor David Hernández researches international migration and Latina/o politics. He teaches courses on the politics of inequality, Latina/o immigration, and deportation and repatriation movements in the United States. For two summers, he also taught courses in the Transfer Scholars Program in the Academic Advancement Program. 

Hernández’s recent publication, “'My Fellow Citizens': Barack Obama and Immigration Policy” (Journal of Race and Policy 6:1, 2010) examines the Obama administration's missteps in executing comprehensive immigration reform in his first year in office. The article considers Obama's life narrative and campaign rhetoric, as well as other presidential efforts on immigration, to demonstrate how comprehensive immigration reform is usually articulated as a screen to protect politicians from policy decisions that are politically risky. Currently, Hernández is working on a new book, Undue Process: Immigrant Detention and Lesser Citizenship. Undue Process examines the institution of immigrant detention in the United States, addressing its racial genealogy, its intersections with the U.S. prison system, the mechanisms used to criminalize immigrants, and the historic consolidation of this federal authority over all noncitizens.

Prior to joining the UCLA Chicana/o Studies faculty, he taught courses in American Studies, La Raza Studies, and Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies at the University of New Mexico, San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, and Dickinson College. Additionally, he has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Smithsonian Institution. Hernandez was a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow from 2009-2010.

Hernández is a faculty in residence at the UCLA residential halls. He grew up in Cudahy and Whitter, California.

Selected Publications

"Undue Process: Racial Genealogies of Immigrant Detention." In Constructing Boundaries/Crossing Borders: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration (2007).

"Pursuant to Deportation: Latinas/os and Immigrant Detention." Latino Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1-2. Spring/Summer 2008. Reprinted in Behind Bars: Latino/as and Prison in the United States, Suzanne Oboler, ed. (2009)

"Ethnic Prophecies: A Review Essay on Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation (2001) and Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America (2001)." Contemporary Sociology . Vol. 32. No. 4. July 2003. 418-426. Second author: Evelyn Nakano Glenn

"Latino Demographic Growth: Gone Today, Here Tomorrow?." A review essay of Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the U.S. City (2000). American Quarterly , Vol. 54. No. 1. March 2002. 129-137.

"Divided We Stand, United We Fall: Latinos and Immigration Policy." Perspectives in Mexican American Studies . Published by the Mexican American Studies and Research Center. University of Arizona. Vol. 6. 1997. 80-95.

"The Latino March on Washington." Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States . Deena Gonzales and Suzanne Oboler, editors. Oxford University Press. 2005. 518-522.

"'My Fellow Citizens': Barack Obama and Immigration Policy." Journal of Race and Policy. [in press].

For other publications, please consult curriculum vitae.


  • Chicano Studies 10B, "Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: Social Structure and Contemporary Conditions." (Winter 2009)
  • Chicano Studies 89, "Honors Seminars Chicano 89, seminar 1: Honors Seminar for Chicana and Chicano Studies 10B, Lecture 1." (Winter 2009)
  • Chicano Studies 148, "Politics of Diversity: Race, Conflicts, and Coalitions." (Fall 2008, Summer 2008, Spring 2008)
  • Chicano Studies 188-3, "Special Courses in Chicana and Chicano Studies Chicano 188, seminar 3: Coalition & Conflict: Urban Poverty , Migration, & Race in the U.S." (Summer 2007)
  • Chicano Studies 191-2, 191-4, "Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies Chicano Studies 191, seminar 2: Disposable People: U.S. Deportation and Repatriation Campaigns." (Winter 2009, Spring 2008)
  • Chicano Studies 193, "Readings/Speaker Series Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies." (Summer 2008)
  • Chicano Studies M124, "From Latin America to U.S.: Immigration and Latino Identity." (Fall 2008, Winter 2008)
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