Ruth Marleen Hernandez

M.A., 2013, Sociology, University of Connecticut
M.A., 2011, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Connecticut
B.A., 2008, History and Spanish Literature, University of California, San Diego

Research Interests:

Gender, Immigration, Latina/o Sociology, Feminist and Activist Research

I come to the field of sociology with prior research in the fields of Chicana/o History and Latina/o and Latin American Studies. My primary concentrations are gender, immigration, and Latina/o sociology.  My current research applies a qualitative framework to investigate the intersections of migration and transnational motherhood. In particular, I am investigating the ways women in rural Mexico react to their family members’ migration to the eastern coast of the United States. My dissertation research will look more closely at the ways art and theatre are used as a means to establish transnational ties. In addition to my academic work, I am an activist involved in various community projects that aid temporary and permanent Latina/o migrants in Connecticut.

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