Maricarmen Hernández

    Assistant Professor, Sociology

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Dr. Hernández's research interests are situated within the fields of environmental and political sociology. Drawing from ethnographic and a variety of qualitative methods, she studies environmental justice and environmental racism issues in Latin America and within immigrant and minority communities in the U.S. Her core research agenda is to examine how everyday experience and understandings of contamination contribute to the sociopolitical production of environmental inequality. Dr. Hernández's research links the literatures on social movements, contaminated communities, and environmental justice, furthering our understanding of the toxicity and precarity that many marginalized communities face.


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Texas at El Paso
  • B.A. Anthropology and Border Studies, University of Texas at El Paso

Research Areas

  • Social Movements
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Global/Transnational Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Latino/a Studies

Country Specialization(s)

  • Latin America