Position: Assistant Professor
Fields: Latina/o History, Modern U.S., Modern Latin America
Office: 314 Old Horticulture
Ph.D., Ohio State University
MA., Ohio State University
B.A., Grand Valley State University
Dr. Fernández is a historian of Latina/o history whose work focuses on how Latina/os use panethnic identity to garner more political, social, and economic rights in the twentieth century. Her research and teaching interests also include the intersections of race, ethnicity, and sexuality in American history. She is particularly interested in immigration, migration, labor, social movements and women’s history.
Dr. Fernández is working on a book length manuscript that focuses on Latino migration, panethnic identity, community formation, and activism among Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Grand Rapids, Michigan from the 1920s to the 1970s. She is also working on article length pieces that explore the migration experiences of Latina/os to Michigan in the first half of the twentieth century.
Courses Regularly Taught
History 327: History of Mexican Americans in the U.S.
Chicano/Latino Studies 201: Introduction to Chicano Latino Studies