Carlos R. Hernández


A. Kenneth Pye Visiting Assistant Professor



Educational Background

Ph.D., History, Yale University
M.A., History, University of Florida
B.A., Political Science and English, Texas A&M University


Bio: Carlos R. Hernández completed his Ph.D. in History at Yale University in spring 2020, where he taught Latin American, modern U.S., and world history. He also served as a research affiliate at Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Históricos at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. His book manuscript, Paradise Lost: Beach Tourism, the Mexican State, and the Making of Cancún, examines the emergence and expansion of beach tourism in Cancún and the broader Yucatán Peninsula during the late twentieth century. Hernández argues that beach tourism enabled an embattled Mexican state to reassert its hegemony in one of the country’s remotest regions, while creating new forms of inequality. In addition to revising his dissertation, Hernández is currently working on an article project, provisionally titled “Historias Patrias: Race and Nation in Postcolonial Mexico,” which traces the production and consumption of Mexican nationalism from the consolidation of independence to the onset of the 1910 revolution. He plans to expand this study into his second book-length project in the future.

Courses Taught:

·      The United States since 1877

·      The U.S. Civil War & Reconstruction

·      The World Ca. 2000

·      Latin America in the Nineteenth Century

·      Modern Mexico: From Mesoamerica to AMLO (senior research seminar)

·      Introduction to Colonial Latin America (fall 2020)

·      Problems in Mexican History (grad seminar, fall 2020)

Selected Publications:

·      “Rethinking Mexican Modernity: Nation-State Formation, Politics, and the Longue Durée,” Latin American Research Review (forthcoming, September 2020)