David Hernández

Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies
Specialization: 
Immigration policy; detention and deportation, Latina/o history

David Hernández's research focuses on immigration enforcement, in particular, the U.S. detention regime. He is completing a book manuscript on this institution tentatively entitled "Alien Incarcerations: Immigrant Detention and Lesser Citizenship." The book examines the racial genealogy of immigrant detention in the United States, traces the long-term consolidation of detention and deportation powers, and situates this mostly obscured institution at the crossroads of migration and prison scholarship. He is also the co-editor of the anthology Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke University Press, 2016).

Hernández’s work has been published in Latina/o Studies, theJournal of Race and PolicyNACLA: Report on the Americas, andPerspectives in Mexican American Studies. His article "Pursuant to Deportation: Latinos and Immigrant Detention" was recently reprinted for the second time in Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader (Stanford University Press). Hernández has written numerous reviews and review essays in American QuarterlyAztlán,Contemporary Sociology, and the Law and Society Review. He has received research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Center for Latina/o Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution.

At Mount Holyoke Hernández teaches a first year seminar entitled the Politics of Inequality and the Introduction to Latina/o Studies. He also teaches Latina/o Immigration, Visualizing Immigrant Narratives: Migration in Film, and Disposable People: A History of Deportation.

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Trump is “dissolving Congress in plain sight”

David Hernández writes that amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump has increased his governmental power grab, especially with respect to immigration.

David Hernández

When all Latinx immigrants become “Mexicans”

Professor David Hernández analyzes the meaning behind the increasingly blurred line between Mexicans and other Latinx immigrants.

Associate Professor of Latina/-o Studies David Hernández

Detained children, deplorable conditions

Mount Holyoke’s David Hernández spoke on The Takeaway about the horrifying conditions faced by immigrant children at the Texas border.

Associate Professor of Latina/-o Studies David Hernández

Exploring deportation

A Latino Studies article by David Hernández and others from Mount Holyoke examines a visit to migrant detainees for his History of Deportation class.

The New England Consortium for Latina/o Studies, at their fall 2017 meeting at Mount Holyoke College, gathers twice a year for teaching, collaboration and leadership development.

Curating Latinx scholarship

The New England Consortium for Latina/o Studies gives Mount Holyoke professors a chance to collaborate, share best practices and offer mentorship.

Recent Publications

Hernández, D., B. Marquez Aldana, I. Anadon, and J. Eason (2020, May 20). "The Hotspots in Hiding: COVID-19 and Immigrant Detention." Medium.com. Retrieved from: https://medium.com/@ijanadon/the-hotspots-in-hiding-covid-19-and-immigrant-detention-2b81fd67e9ce

Hernández, D. (2020, April 30). "American Silencing (or, ¡Ya cállanse!, as Mami would say)." Latino Rebels. April 30, 2020. https://www.latinorebels.com/2020/04/30/americansilencing/

Hernández, D., Beatriz Marquez Aldana, Isabel Anadon, and John Eason (2020, May 20). "The Hotspots in Hiding: COVID-19 and Immigrant Detention." Medium.com. Retrieved from: https://medium.com/@ijanadon/the-hotspots-in-hiding-covid-19-and-immigrant-detention-2b81fd67e9ce

Hernández. D. (2020, April 10). “Trump Is Dissolving Congress in Plain Sight, and Immigration’s a Top Example.” The Fulcrum.

Hernandez, D. (9/10/19) "‘3 Mexican Countries’: When All Latin American Migrants Become Mexicans" Retrieved from https://www.radicalhistoryreview.org/abusablepast/?p=3330

Recent Honors

Interviewed for the radio show, “2020 Talks” by Pacifica Network and the Public News Service.  "Earth Day” and aired April 22, 2020.

Delivered the research presentation, "Smothering Asylum: Kids, Cages, and Political Currency in Migrant Processing," at the Issues in Mental Health Policy Seminar at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City on January 29, 2020.

Delivered the closing keynote address, "The Global Next Door: Local Engagement, Accompaniment, and New Forms of Diversity," at the American Association of Colleges and Universities conference, "Crossing Borders and Boundaries: Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers." San Antonio, Texas, October 19, 2019.

Presented twice at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in November: (1) first delivering a research presentation, "From OTMs (other than Mexicans) to YAMS (you're all Mexicans): Conflating Latina/o/x Migrants,” at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, on November 14, 2019; (2) as a panelist for the Social Science Matters series, "Critical Issues for the 2020 Election Cycle: U.S. Immigration Policy,” on November 19, 2019.