Dr. Ebelia Hernández is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology. Her research focuses on the experiences of minoritized students and what can be done to address their issues and concerns. Influenced by her own experience as a Latina undergraduate, Hernández’s college experience transformed her thought and identity. She became curious about understanding the experiences of other Latinas and how they think about their world and their identities. Dr. Hernández holds a B.A. in English from Chico State and M.A. in Counseling from Cal State Northridge, which developed her skills in making sense of stories and provided her with the ability to create a space for people to share feelings and build trust. Hernández continued her education at Indiana University and received a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. While in the Ph.D. program, Hernández applied her experiences to learning to be a researcher. Through the program, she discovered the words and the theories of things she wanted to study. These skills and trainings continue to influence her current work, conducting interviews others on difficult topics and experiences.
As a researcher, Dr. Hernández’s work addresses issues of equity and inclusion and works towards providing evidence for increased support for minoritized students. As the college population is becoming increasingly diverse, Hernández’s research provides the information to understand students’ needs. Dr. Hernández’s courses also teach educators to understand students’ needs and what is required to create a more equitable environment. Social justice and equity are the core in both her research and teaching. In her classroom, she implements hip hop pedagogy to encourage learning. She believes that students come in with knowledge and wants to create a space that affirms their experiences by making lessons applicable to students’ lives. Dr. Hernández is a proud daughter of immigrant farmworkers who were able to raise a daughter who was able to become a professor.
• Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University (2008)
• M.S. in Counseling, California State University, Northridge (2005)
• B.A. in English, California State University, Chico (1997)
• College Student Educators International (ACPA)
• American Educational Research Association (AERA)
• Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
• Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
Expertise & Research Interest
Latinas/os/xs in Higher Education
Critical Race Theory
Research Work with Students
Dr. Hernández has continued her research on Latinx student activism. She has co-authored with Roberto Orozco a book chapter in Student Activism in the Academy: Its Struggles and Promise. She has also completed archival research at Indiana University with Marylou Rodriguez to write about the history of the first Latina sorority at IU and their role in Latinx student activism during the 1990s (book chapter forthcoming in Women at Indiana University: Views of the Past and the Future).
Recent & Selected Publications
Hernández, E. (2016). Utilizing critical race theory to examine race/ethnicity, racism, and power in student development theory and research. Journal of College Student Development, 57(2), 168-180.
Hernández, E. (2015). Balancing realities and dreams: The college choice process for Latinas. The Journal of Latinos and Education, 14(3), 202-219.
Hernández, E. (2013). Mexican American women’s activism at Indiana University in the 1990s. The Journal of Higher Education, 84(3), 397-416.
Torres, V., Hernández, E., & Martinez, S. (2019). Understanding the Latinx experience: Developmental and contextual influences. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
Book Chapters & Other Work
Tomlinson-Clarke, S.M., & Hernández, E. (in press). Using culturally appropriate intervention strategies in practice. In N. Zhang & M. Howard-Hamilton (Eds.), Multicultural and diversity issues in student affairs practice: A professional competency-based approach.
Hernández, E., & *Rodriguez, M. (in press). The history of the first Latina sorority at IU established during an era of student activism. In A. Walton (Ed.), Women at Indiana University: Views of the past and the future.
Hernández, E., & *Orozco, R. (2019). Latinos and student activism. In P. Sasso & J. DeVitis (Eds.), Student activism in the academy: Its struggles and promise. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
Hernández, E., & Estudillo, A. G. (2018). The college choice process for high achieving Latinas. In A. de los Santos, L. Rendón, G. F. Keller, A. Acereda, E. M. Bensimon, & R. Tannenbaum (Eds.), New directions: Assessment and preparation of Hispanic college students,(pp. 141-158).Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press.
Hernández, E. (2017). From the fields to fieldwork: Cuentos from the daughter of migrant farmworkers. In P. A. Pérez and M. E. Zarate (Eds.), Facilitating educational success for migrant farmworker students in the U.S, (pp. 113-120). New York, NY: Routledge.
Hernández, E. (2017). Critical theoretical perspectives. In J. Schuh, V. Torres, & S. R. Jones (Eds.), Student services: A handbook for the profession, (6thed.), (pp. 205-219). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Honors & Awards
Rutgers University Chancellor’s Scholar
ACPA Annuit Coeptus – Emerging Professional Award
ACPA Emerging Scholar
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Faculty Fellow
NASPA Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year – Finalist
AIR/NCES/NSF Summer Data Institute Fellow