Fordham Law

Professor Tanya Hernandez Named Law and Public Affairs Fellow

April 29, 2010

Fordham Law Professor Tanya Hernandez is one of six Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) Fellows selected by Princeton University for 2010-2011, from more than 150 applicants. Each year, LAPA hosts a select group of fellows drawn from the academy, legal practice, and government or policymaking institutions. In addition to pursuing unique research projects, they share their experience and expertise with students and faculty in both formal and informal settings.

Throughout the next academic year, LAPA Seminars will feature the work of the fellows, providing the opportunity for lively multidisciplinary scholarly discussion among Princeton faculty and graduate students about fellows’ projects. In addition, several of the fellows will offer courses in one of Princeton’s academic departments.

Professor Hernandez joined Fordham Law in Fall 2009. A pathbreaking scholar in the field of comparative race relations, she has strengthened the School’s focus on Latin America. Her work in comparative race relations and anti-discrimination law has been published in the California Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal amongst other publications. With George Washington University Law School colleague Robert Cottrol, she wrote the forthcoming volume The Long Lingering Shadow: Law, Liberalism and Cultures of Racial Hierarchy and Identity in the Americas (UNC Press, 2010).

While at Princeton, she will conduct the research for her next book, focused on Latino inter-ethnic racism in the workplace and its implications for the enforcement of employment discrimination laws.

In addition, Professor Hernandez has nearly 15 years of experience teaching in the vital area of trusts and estates. Formerly, she served on the law faculty at George Washington University, Rutgers–Newark, and St. John’s University. She also served as a faculty fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, and as a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

In 2009, she was elected to the American Law Institute and in 2007, Hispanic Business Magazine selected her as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Legal Education, and the Latino Studies Journal published by Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Professor Hernandez received her A.B. from Brown University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as Note Topics Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Contact: Carrie Johnson