David Hernández

Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies, Mount Holyoke College

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Border Criminologies


David Manuel Hernández is Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College and was previously an assistant professor of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. He received his doctorate in Comparative Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley. His research focuses on immigration enforcement, in particular, the U.S. detention regime. He is completing a book manuscript on this institution, tentatively titled Undue Process: 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. His article ‘Pursuant to Deportation: Latinos and Immigrant Detention’ was reprinted for the second time in Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader (Stanford University Press). Hernández authored ‘Detained in Obscurity: The U.S. Immigrant Detention Regime’ in the Fall 2013 issue of NACLA: Report on the Americas and ‘“My Fellow Citizens . . . ”: Barack Obama and Immigration Policy’ in the Journal of Race and Policy. He also wrote "Unaccompanied Child Migrants in "Crisis": New Surge or Case of Arrested Development?" in the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. Hernández is the co-editor of Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke University Press, 2016).


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Border Criminologies