Professor Hernández-Medina is a feminist academic, public policy expert, and activist from the Dominican Republic, with a particular interest in how marginalized groups are able (if at all) to change and influence public policy in their favor.
She has done research on this topic in Mexico, Brazil, and her own country by looking at citizen participation in urban policies in São Paulo and Mexico City, the history of and recent achievements by the Dominican feminist movement, the participatory budgeting model in the Dominican Republic and São Paulo, among other topics.
For her classes, Professor Hernández-Medina draws on her research background as well as her extensive public policy experience in the Dominican Republic. She has taught courses at Harvard University and Brown University in the United States, and at the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology (INTEC), and the Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher (PUCMM) in the Dominican Republic. Her academic work has been published in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Caribbean Studies, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Estudios Sociales.
As an activist, she is the co-founder of the Tertulia Feminista Magaly Pineda, along with Yildalina Tatem Brache in the Dominican Republic. Named after the most important contemporary feminist leader in the country and one of the most important ones in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Tertulia aims to provide a safe space for women of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to debate and learn about both historical and contemporary issues from a feminist perspective.
Professor Hernández-Medina was a visiting lecturer at the History Department during spring semester 2019. During that time she taught History 032: Latin America Since Independence and History 132: Political Protest & Social Movements in Latin America.