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Claudia J. Hernández Romero

AFFILIATION: Otis College of Art & Design

TITLE: Associate Professor of Sustainability

LOCATION: California

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

EXPERTISE AREA: Climate Change, DEIJ, Environmental Justice, Food Justice, Hispanic/Latine/A/E/O Communities, Indigenous/Native Communities, Land Justice, Sustainability


Claudia J. Hernández Romero is an Associate Professor of Sustainability & Sustainability Minor Area Head at Otis College of Art & Design. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA’s Culture and Performance Program in the World Arts & Cultures Department, specializing in Folklore Studies—her dissertation Proyecto Jardín Community Garden: Traditional Medicine and Health Among Latinx in Boyle Heights, explores the intersections between place, identity, and health. Hernández Romero’s courses center on food justice, decolonizing ethnographic methodologies, and applying a critical environmental justice lens to sustainability studies in the classroom and communities. In addition to her academic pursuits, Hernández Romero dances Afro-Cuban social and folkloric dances and is a performance artist whose work emphasizes storytelling through improvisational movement and visual installations that explore belonging, indigeneity, immigration, and Latinidad. Notable publications include Applied Folklore, Account-Ability, and Social Responsibility; Salvie Mom’s Beans; and Botánicas: Sites of Healing and Community Support. Projects in the works include The Campus Garden: From Start to Build-Out and Women Healers in the City of Angels.


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