Viridiana Hernández Fernández

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Viridiana Hernández Fernández

ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American History
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hernandezfernandez.1@osu.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Latin American History
  • Environmental History
  • Food Commodities
  • History of Mexico

Education

  • Ph.D. History, University of California, Davis
  • M. Phil. International History, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
  • Bachelor of Laws, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

I received my Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Davis in 2021. My research and teaching interests focus on how the transnational movement of people, food commodities, and agricultural technologies changes rural landscapes in Latin America. Currently, I am working on my first book project, “Guacamole Ecosystems: Agriculture, Migration, and Deforestation in Twentieth-Century Mexico,” that challenges the assumption that bureaucrats, scientists, and large-scale farmers were the only actors in a long path of attempts to “modernize” the Mexican countryside in the twentieth century. Through the case study of avocado cultivation in Michoacán, where eighty percent of the avocados consumed in the U.S. are grown, I analyze how indigenous and mestizo peasants and returned migrant workers transformed their local landscape and economy by appropriating and adapting outside agricultural innovations, the varied effects of their participation in transforming ecosystems and power relationships, and their role as investors and negotiations in the global agribusiness complex. At OSU, I will also teach "From Tacos to Fries: A Global History of Latin American Food" in Autumn Semester 2021, and a course on migration from Latin America to the U.S. in Spring Semester 2022.

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