OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Portrait of Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Kelly Lytle Hernandez is a Professor of History and African American Studies at UCLA. She is also the Interim Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. One of the nation’s leading experts on race, immigration, and mass incarceration, she is the author of the award-winning books, Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (2010), and City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (2017), which recently won the OAH James Rawley Prize, the American Book Award, and the Athearn Prize from the Western Historical Association. Currently, Professor Lytle Hernandez is the Principal Investigator for the acclaimed Million Dollar Hoods project, which maps how much is spent on incarceration per neighborhood in Los Angeles County. Million Dollar Hoods won the 2018 Freedom Now! Award from the Los Angeles Community Organizing Network. The MDH project is now expanding across the State of California.

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