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José Angel Hernández awarded Fulbright Scholar Fellowship to Mexico

CLASS alumnus to continue research on repatriated Mexicans in the 19th and early 20th centuries

Dr.J. A. Hernandez

Dr. José Angel Hernández has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico. A historian, Professor Hernández’ research focuses on Mexico’s evolving immigration policies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular focus on repatriated Mexicans that returned south to settle and colonize.

Dr. Hernández is a CLASS alumnus; having completed his Master of Arts in History in 2000 he was also a Graduate Fellow with the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS).  He earned his bachelor’s in Mexican American Studies and History in 1997 from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his Ph.D. in History from The University of Chicago in 2008, where he was also awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Dissertation Fellowship.

He taught at DePaul University, The University of Chicago, and the University of Massachusetts – Amherst before joining the CLASS faculty in 2013 as a Visiting Associate Professor of History with the Center for Mexican American Studies. Professor Hernández recently accepted an appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of History.

His first book, Mexican American Colonization During the Nineteenth Century: A History of the US-Mexico Borderlands (2012) was published by Cambridge University Press and recently won two book awards – the inaugural William M. LeoGrande Prize for the Best Book on U.S.-Latin American Relations in 2013 presented by The School of Public Affairs and Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University, and the 2013 Américo Paredes Book Award bestowed by the Center for Mexican American Studies at South Texas College.