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Leandra Hernandez, Ph. D.

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Dr. Leandra H. Hernández is a lecturer in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and Center for Mexican-American Studies. She utilizes Chicana feminist approaches to study Latino/a health, Latina/o journalism/media representations, and Latina/o cultural identities. Dr. Hernández is the author of Out of Control: Gendered and Cultural Violence, Feminicides, Reproductive Justice, and the role of Feminism in US and Latin American Contexts (co-authored with Dr. Sarah De Los Santos Upton of UT-El Paso), which is forthcoming with Lexington Press. She is also the co-editor of the forthcoming books This Bridge We Call Communication: Anzaldúan Approaches to Theory, Method, and Praxis and Latino/a Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice, both forthcoming with Lexington Press. As the editor for Lexington Press’ new series Lexington Studies in Health Communication, she enjoys collaborating with scholars on new and innovative health communication research projects. Furthermore, as the Vice-Chair Elect for the National Communication Association La Raza Caucus and Latina/o Communication Studies Division, she works to foster the study of Latina/o Communication Studies for students and scholars alike. Prior to working in academia, Dr. Hernández worked in different broadcast news and media contexts and uses these experiences to inform her teaching and research.


  • Ph.D. in communication, Texas A&M University (2014)
  • M.A. in communication, University of Houston (2010)
  • B.A. in communication, University of St. Thomas (2008)

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Recent Publications

  • Martinez, A. R. & Hernández, L. (2017). Latina/o Communication. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods (pp. 849-854). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Hernández, L. (2016). Paternidad, masculinidad, and machismo: Evolving Representations of Mexican/-American fathers in film. L. Tropp & J. Kelly (Eds.), Deconstructing dads: Changing images of fathers in popular culture (pp. 247-271). Lanham: Lexington Books.
  • Hernández, L. (2016). “My doctor ruined my entire birthing experience”: An intersectional feminist analysis of Mexican-American women’s birthing struggles with healthcare providers. In E. Gilchrist-Petty & S. Long (Eds.), Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Barbour, J.B., Doshi, M. J., & Hernández, L. (2016) Telling global public health stories: Narrative message design for issues management. Communication Research, 43(6), 810-843.