Grad Students

Johanna Hernández-Pérez



Contact Information

Email    j.hernandezperez@ucla.edu
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My research interests revolve around the relationships between cultural politics and nation-building processes, both for international and domestic consumption. 

 In my master's thesis, I am looking at how nation-states manage their reputation through the tourist industry. I take  Puerto Rico's reputation managment process during the 1948-1970 period as a case study. Namely, I look at how Puerto Rico's particular racial dynamics and political status (both that stem from its colonial legacies) influence how state actors create and contest national narratives for tourists.

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Fields of Study

Political Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Race and Ethnicity, Tourism, Caribbean Studies

Research

 My research interests revolve around the relationships between cultural politics and nation-building processes, both for international and domestic consumption. 

Publications

Hernández-Pérez, Johanna. 2019. “Espacio Urbano y Música Popular: La (De)Construcción de la Ciudad de San Juan en la Salsa.” [IN]Genios 5 (2): 1-10.

Grants and Awards

2019-2024. Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship
                    Graduate Division, University of California, Los Angeles

2020. Graduate Research Mentorship Program
           Graduate Division, University of California, Los Angeles

2017 – 2019. Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)
            University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

2019. Academic Distinction Award
          Academic Excellence Award
          Dr. Carlos Gil Ramos Bellido Award
          Honor Studies Program, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

Conference Presentations

Hernández-Pérez, Johanna. 2018. “The Resignification of Race in the Discourses of Bomba Groups: Transiting through a Polysemy.” Presented at the MMUF Southeastern Regional Conference, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, November 3, 2018.

Hernández-Pérez, Johanna. 2018. “Performeando Feminidad Negra: Libretos de Autenticidad en Las Prácticas de Bomba de Taller Tamboricua.” Presented at the Quinto Encuentro Subgraduado de Investigación y Creación, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, San Juan Puerto Rico, September 14, 2018.

Hernández-Pérez, Johanna. 2018. “Transiting through Racial, National, and Gendered Understandings: The Facebook (Counter)Discourses of Puerto Rican Bomba Groups.” Presented at the Honors Program of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 12, 2018.

Hernández-Pérez, Johanna. 2018. “Performing Black Femininity: Scripts of Authenticity in Taller Tamboricua’s Bomba Practices.” Presented at the SROP Research Colloquium, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, August 9, 2018.

Hernández-Pérez, Johanna. 2018. “La Resignificación de la Raza en Grupos de Bomba Puertorriqueña.” Presented at the Caribbean Studies Association 43rd Anual Conference in Havana, Cuba, June 6, 2018.

Advisors

Rebecca Jean Emigh

César J. Ayala

Degrees

2019. University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. 
          B.A., Sociology, Summa Cum Laude
          Emphasis Area: Criminology & Cultural Studies