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José Angel Hernández


Associate Professor

Office: Herter 624
Telephone: (413) 545-4337
Fax: (413) 545-6137

Degree: Ph.D. The University of Chicago, (2008).

Fields of interest: Mexico, Latin America, US Borderlands, Subaltern Studies, Nationalism, and Mexican American Studies.

Courses Taught Recently:
HIST 691: "Introduction to the Study of History"
HIST 354: "The History of Mexico"
HIST 297: "Philosophies of History"
HIST 354: "The Mexican Revolution"
HIST 593: "Historiography"

Courses Offered
: History of Mexico; Colonial Latin America; Introduction to Latina/o History; Mexican Expulsions in the US; Ethnicity, Race & Migration in Latin America; & Independence and Nationalism in Latin America, 1830-Present.

Research Interests and Professional Activities
Professor Hernández has taught at DePaul University, The University of Chicago, and The University of Massachusetts. His research focuses on repatriated Mexicans during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  He has published articles in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, as well as Landscapes of Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal Devoted to the Study of Violence, Conflict, and Trauma.

His current book is entitled Mexican American Colonization During the Nineteenth Century: A History of the US-Mexico Borderlands, and has recently won two book awards.  Mexican American Colonization was awarded the inaugural "William M. LeoGrande Prize for the Best Book on U.S.-Latin American Relations" in 2013 by The School of Public Affairs and Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University and also "The Américo Paredes Book Award" (2013) by the Center for Mexican American Studies at South Texas College.  

He has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Trustee Fellowship, Fulbright-Hayes Dissertation Fellowship, and The Center for Mexican American Studies Fellowship from The University of Houston.  Since his time at UMASS, Hernández has received a Lilly Teaching Fellowship and has been a Fellow with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latina/o Studies and also Center for Public Policy & Administration Workshop Fellow.   He is curently a Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute for academic year 2013-2014.