Theresa Elpidia Hernandez
Theresa Elpidia Hernandez

Theresa Elpidia Hernandez

Cohort: 2016

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

BA, Columbia University
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University

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Higher Education

Research Interest

diversity, inclusion, and equity; intersectionality; critical theory; organizational culture, policy implementation, and institutional change in higher education; graduate education and professional development of faculty; qualitiative and mixed methods research


Theresa Elpidia Hernandez

Theresa Elpidia Hernandez is a research assistant at the Pullias Center for Higher Education and a Rossier Dean’s Fellow in the Urban Education Policy PhD program at USC Rossier School of Education.

Hernandez is advised by Julie Posselt. She is interested in studying participation in diversity, inclusion, and equity work on college campuses in order to better understand and improve the ways academics work toward transforming the institution of higher education for racial, gender, and other intersecting forms of equity. She is interested in using mixed methods to examine participation in equity-related work in academia.

Hernandez was born in San Francisco where she graduated from Mission High School before adopting New York City as her home for more than a decade. During that time, she completed her bachelor’s in comparative ethnic studies with a sociology focus at Columbia University and earned her master’s in higher and postsecondary education from Teachers College.


Honors and Awards:

2018 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention

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