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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Kelly Lytle HernandezTwentieth-century U.S. historian Kelly Lytle Hernandez is a professor of history and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also serves as interim director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. Her book, Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (2010), is the first comprehensive study of U.S. immigration law enforcement. Drawing on original research conducted in the United States and Mexico, Lytle Hernandez chronicles the Border Patrol's rise in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She is the author most recently of City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965 (2017), winner of the OAH James A. Rawley Prize. She is also currently the research lead for the Million Dollar Hoods project, which maps how much is spent on incarceration per neighborhood in Los Angeles County.


Process: A Blog for American History

Historians and the Carceral State

Written with OAH Distinguished Lecturer Heather Ann Thompson