Jillian Hernandez

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University


Jillian Hernandez's transdisciplinary scholarship, which synthesizes methods from anthropology, art history, and cultural studies, draws from her experiences as a girls' educator and curator of contemporary art. Her research investigates questions regarding processes of racialization, sexualities, embodiment, girlhood, and the politics of cultural production ranging from underground and mainstream hip hop to visual and performance art.

Research Interests

Ethnic and Critical Race Studies, Sexualities, Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Critical Girlhood Studies, New Media, Performance, Feminist and Queer Theories, Masculinities, Hip Hop


“Carnal Teachings: Raunch Aesthetics as Queer Feminist Pedagogies in Yo! Majesty’s Hip Hop Practice,” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 24 (1), 2014. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/sknHySuwk8J4QjTun9uc/full

“Nicki Minaj and Pretty Taking All Fades: Performing the Erotics of Feminist Solidarity,” The Feminist Wire, co-authored with Anya M. Wallace, March 6, 2014. http://thefeministwire.com/2014/03/minaj-erotics/

“Sexing Sculpture: New Approaches to Theorizing the Object” (editors’ introduction), Art Journal, co-authored with Susan Richmond, Winter 2014. http://artjournal.collegeart.org/?p=4456

“‘Chongas’ in the Media: The Sexual Politics of Latina Girls’ Hypervisibility” in Girls’ Sexuality in the Media. Edited by Kate Harper and Vera Lopez. New York: Peter Lang, 2013.

“Meditations on the Multiple: On Plural Subjectivity and Gender in Recent New Media Art Practice.” Lateral, Journal of the Cultural Studies Association 1 (2): http://lateral.culturalstudiesassociation.org/issue2/theory/hernandez/index.html, 2013. Special issue “In Search of Digital Feminisms” edited by Katherine Behar and Silvia Ruzanka.

“Makeup on the Face of the Father: Recent Work by Rachel Lachowicz” in Rachel Lachowicz. Book co-authored with Amelia Jones and George Melrod. New York: Marquand Books/Distributed Art Publishers, 2013.

“On Visual Politics and Poetics: Incarcerated Girls and Women Artists” in Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists. Edited by Jodie Michelle Lawston and Ashley E. Lucas. Albany, NY: State University of New York (SUNY) Press, 2011.

“Introduction, Explicit Educations: The Pedagogical Ethics of Utilizing Sexually Explicit Films in the Feminist Classroom.” Films for the Feminist Classroom 2 (2): http://www.signs.rutgers.edu/issue_2-2.html, 2010 (a project of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society)

“‘Miss, You Look Like a Bratz Doll’: On Chonga Girls and Sexual-Aesthetic Excess.” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Journal 21 (3): 63-91, 2009. Special issue on Latina Sexualities edited by Lourdes Torres and Lorena Garcia.