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Kelly Lytle Hernandez


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    HERNANDEZ@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  6238 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-3884
Kelly Lytle Hernandez is an associate professor in the UCLA Department of History.

She is one of the nation’s leading historians of race, policing, immigration, and incarceration in the United States. Her award-winning book, MIGRA! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (University of California Press, 2010), explored the making and meaning of the U.S. Border Patrol in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, arguing that the century-long surge of U.S. immigration law enforcement in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands is a story of race in America. Her forthcoming book, City of Inmates: Conquest and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)is an unsettling tale that spans two centuries to unearth the long rise of incarceration as a social institution bent toward disappearing targeted populations from land, life, and society in the United States. It does so with six extraordinary stories detailing when, why, and how the dynamics of conquest made Los Angeles, California, the carceral capitol of the world. By the 1950s, she argues, incarceration was a complex and well-oiled machine of elimination targeting blacks, Natives, and Latinos. In the years ahead, the rise of mass incarceration amounted to mass elimination.

 

Professor Lytle Hernández’s award-winning article, “The Crimes and Consequences of Illegal Immigration,” provides one of the most comprehensive and deeply researched historical analyses of Operation Wetback of 1954. It is available for download on this website.

 

For press requests, contact Jessica Wolf (jwolf@support.ucla.edu) at UCLA Media Relations.

 

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Awards

2010 Clements Prize for Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol

Honorable Mention, 2011 Lora Romero First Book Prize, American Studies Association

Honorable Mention, 2011 John Hope Franklin Book Prize, American Studies Association

Finalist, 2011 First Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

2007 Oscar O. Winther Award for the best article to appear in the Western Historical Quarterly.

2007 Bolton-Kinnaird Award for best article on the Spanish borderlands.

Selected Publications

"Hobos in Heaven: Race, Incarceration, and the Rise of Los Angeles, 1880 - 1910," Pacific Historical Review v 83, n 3 (August 2014)

"Amnesty or Abolition: Felons, Illegals, and the Case for a New Abolition Movement," Boom: A Journal of California (Winter 2011).

MIGRA! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (University of California Press, 2010)

“An Introduction to el Archivo Histórico del Instituto Nacional de Migración,” co-authored with Pablo Yankelevich, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies v 34, n 1 (Spring 2009), 157-168.

"Persecuted Like Criminals": The Politics of Labor Emigration and Mexican Migration Controls in the 1920s and 1930s," Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies v 34, n 1 (Spring 2009), 219-239.

The Crimes and Consequences of Illegal Immigration: A Cross-Border Examination of Operation Wetback, 1943-1954,” Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2006), 421-444.

“Ni blancos ni negros: mexicanos y el papel de la patrulla fronteriza estadounidense en la definición de una nueva categoría racial, 1924-1940,” Cuicuilco v 11, n 31 (Mayo-Agosto 2004): 85-104.

Mexican Immigration to the United States, 1900 – 1999: A Sourcebook for Teachers, published by the National Center for History in the Schools (Fall 2002).

Current Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Afro-American Studies

Directed Research or Senior Project in Afro-American Studies

Topics in U.S. History

Honors Contracts

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

Previous Courses by Term

2014 Fall Quarter

Special Courses in Afro-American Studies

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies

Topics in U.S. History

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

2014 Summer Session

Community and Corporate Internships in History

2014 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Medieval History

Community and Corporate Internships in History

2014 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Teaching History

2013 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Medieval History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Teaching History

2013 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Afro-American Studies

Special Topics in Afro-American Studies

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Medieval History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

Research Group Seminars: Labor and Workplace Studies

2013 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Narco-mundo: How Narcotraficantes Gained Control of Northern Mexico

Community or Corporate Internships in History

Teaching History

2012 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History

Teaching History

2012 Summer Session

History of California

2012 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

2012 Winter Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

Introduction to Historical Practice

2011 Fall Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

Introduction to Historical Practice

Teaching History

2011 Spring Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Medieval History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History

Introduction to U.S. History: 20th Century

2011 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Medieval History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History

2010 Fall Quarter

Teaching History

2010 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2010 Winter Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2009 Fall Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2009 Summer Session

History of California

2009 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to U.S. History: 20th Century

2008 Fall Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2008 Summer Session

History of California

2008 Winter Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2007 Fall Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in the U.S.

Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2007 Spring Quarter

Introduction to U.S. History: 20th Century

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2007 Winter Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in the U.S.

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2006 Fall Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in the U.S.

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2006 Summer Session

20th-Century U.S. History since 1960

2005 Fall Quarter

History of California

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

2005 Spring Quarter

20th-Century U.S. History since 1960

2005 Winter Quarter

History of California

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

2004 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

HIST 191D
Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

HIST 156
Topics in U.S. History

2014 Fall Quarter

HIST 201H
Topics in History: U.S.

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

CHICANO 191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

HIST 195CE
Community and Corporate Internships in History

2014 Summer Session

2014 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

HIST 97B
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Medieval History

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST 97F
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

HIST 97G
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

2014 Winter Quarter

HIST 495
Teaching History

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2013 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST 97E
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

AFRO-AM C291
Special Topics in Afro-American Studies

2013 Spring Quarter

HIST 13C
History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

CHICANO 291
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies

2013 Spring Quarter

AFRO-AM C191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Afro-American Studies

2013 Spring Quarter

LBR&WS 194
Research Group Seminars: Labor and Workplace Studies

2013 Spring Quarter

HIST 98T
Narco-mundo: How Narcotraficantes Gained Control of Northern Mexico

2013 Winter Quarter

HIST 195
Community or Corporate Internships in History

2013 Winter Quarter

HIST 154
History of California

2012 Summer Session

2009 Summer Session

2008 Summer Session

2005 Fall Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

GE CLST M24B
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

GE CLST M24A
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2011 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

HIST 246C
Introduction to U.S. History: 20th Century

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

HIST 97C
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

LBR&WS M1B
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

LBR&WS M1A
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

HIST 254B
Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2008 Winter Quarter

GE CLST M24A
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in the U.S.

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 254A
Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2007 Fall Quarter

LBR&WS M1A
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in the U.S.

2007 Fall Quarter

HNRS 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2007 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

GE CLST M24B
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in the U.S.

2007 Winter Quarter

HIST 140C
20th-Century U.S. History since 1960

2006 Summer Session

2005 Spring Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

2005 Fall Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter