Kris Klein Hernandez
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
Kris Klein Hernández is a Global American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, and Lecturer on History, at Harvard University. His scholarship, which explores comparative racialization and militarization within the nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. Southwest, is situated at the nexus of Latinx Studies and Borderlands History. Klein Hernández teaches courses on nineteenth and twentieth-century Latinx history; U.S. imperialism and empire; race, gender, and sexuality from the early republic to the present; and the history of the military.
He is currently working on a book project based upon his dissertation, “Militarizing the Mexican Border: A Study of U.S. Army Forts as Contact Zones.” It examines how racial anxieties emanating from military bases and its officers affected ethnic Mexicans, freed African Americans, and Native peoples residing within their orbits, causing cultural and material change through Texas, the New Mexico Territory, and Mexico. Through an analysis of writings (travel literature, diaries, letters, publications) that army personnel produced while in federal forts, it shows how early militarization was shaped through ethnological knowledge and the comparative racialization of border communities.
Klein Hernández’s research has received funding from the Ford Foundation, Yale University’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity & Transnational Migration, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Organization of American Historians. Klein Hernández received his PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan, a MA in History from the University of Texas, El Paso, and his A.B. in Latin American Studies cum laude and Spanish from Bowdoin College. Prior to arriving at Harvard University, he taught at Yale University and Bowdoin College.
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