Hernandez is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. She is one of the nation’s leading experts on race, immigration, and mass incarceration. Professor Hernandez is the author of the award-winning book, Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (University of California Press, 2010). She is the research lead for the Million Dollar Hoods project, which maps how much money is spent on incarceration per neighborhood in Los Angeles County. Follow her on Twitter @klytlehernandez.

Mass Incarceration, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Kelly Lytle Hernandez, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).

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