Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Kelly Lytle Hernandez

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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.


  • The Rise of the Carceral State: Perspectives from the American West
  • Facts and Fictions about Latinos and the US Criminal Justice System
  • Million Dollar Hoods: Mapping the Cost of Mass Incarceration

Process: A Blog for American History

Historians and the Carceral State

Written with OAH Distinguished Lecturer Heather Ann Thompson