Arlette Hernandez was born in Havana, Cuba to parents of Spanish and African descent. She has lived the majority of her life in Florida, but has spent the last three years attending university in Virginia where she majors in English with minors in Creative Writing and Africana Studies. She has spent a semester abroad in Bath, England, where she studied English literature and conducted an independent research on issues of class, race, genre, and marketing. As a Mellon Digital Humanities student fellow, she has spent the past year working on a project A project that uses postcolinal theory to highlight the misrepresentations of African peoples and the continent within archival materials. Arlette hopes to participate in the Teach for America program before pursuing a Ph.D in postcolonial literature. One of her goals in life is to teach a college level seminar on black sitcoms, hip-hop music, and issues of imperialism.
Updated May 2017