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jesús j. hernández
Hometown: Union City, NJ
PhD American Studies and Ethnicity, 2012, University of Southern California
MA American Studies and Ethnicity, 2007, University of Southern California
BA Ethnic Studies, 2003, Brown University
Jesús received his PhD and MA degrees in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California, where his research focused on representations of illegitimate familial figures and relations in Cuban diasporic cultural production (including bastards, wayward daughters, paper families, queer uncles/aunts, and orphans). His academic interests began as an undergraduate, here at Brown, concentrating in Ethnic Studies (‘03).
Jesús taught Latinx Studies with a focus on literature and the humanities at both Williams College and Mount Holyoke College. In addition to introductory courses he also developed advanced seminars including, “Diaspora and Displacement,” “Latina/o Collectivities,” and “Modern Families.” Prior to returning to Brown, Jesús was the inaugural Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow at the MIT Press, where he worked in acquisitions on the Communication and Information Science lists. He has also worked as a freelance editor for academic writers.