Carlos Hernández is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American and Caribbean History who specializes in modern Mexico. His dissertation examines the emergence and expansion of beach tourism in Cancún and the Yucatán Peninsula more broadly. Among other funding agencies, his research has been supported by the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and the Center for Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM). His forthcoming article in The Latin American Research Review, “Legitimacy without Legality: Political Violence, National Belonging, and the Mexican State after 1910,” reconsiders traditional approaches to nation-state formation.
In addition to serving as a teaching fellow and writing consultant, Carlos has worked with the Office of Career Strategies and La Casa Cultural Latina. Last summer he was also appointed Research Assistant to the Dean of the Yale Law School for a special project related to diversity and inclusion at YLS. He returns to the Graduate Writing Lab this fall after conducting a year of dissertation research in Mexico, where he was a Fox Fellow at El Colegio de México in Mexico City.
Throughout his career, Carlos has been committed to making the academy a more welcoming space for historically underrepresented populations. He believes that scholarly writing should be accessible to the general public, and he enjoys working with graduate students across the humanities and social sciences to make that possible. In his spare time, he is collaborating with the Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) program, a local community organization, and Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition to develop a high school curriculum about Latinx history.