Johanna Fernandez teaches courses on 20th-century America, the political economy of American cities, social movements, and African-American history. She has played an active role documenting the case of the famous death row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Fernandez is available to comment on:
— Race & Ethnicity
— Latinos & Immigration
— The economy
— Urban problems
— Criminal Justice, Death penalty
— African American studies and politics
— Civil Rights
— Contemporary and historical social movements
Fernández is bilingual in Spanish and she recently returned from Amman, Jordan in the Middle East where as a Fulbright Scholar she taught graduate courses in American History at the University of Jordan. Fernández is also a filmmaker and in 2010 wrote and produced Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. She has been published in the Journal of Urban History, Race and Reason, and in field-defining anthologies on the Civil Rights movement.
She is currently writing a book on The Young Lords Party— the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party. The manuscript is under contract with Princeton University Press in the Politics and Society in 20th Century America series and is tentatively entitled, When the World Was Their Stage: A History of the Young Lords Party, 1968-1974.
Fernández received a B.A. in Literature and American Civilization from Brown University and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.
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