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Lina Martina Hernandez, PhD

Lina Martínez Hernández, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Office: Academic Building, 320


  • PhD, Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, History, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • BA, Literature, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Contemporary literature and culture in the Hispanic Caribbean
  • Queer Studies in the Caribbean and Latin America
  • Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Colombian studies
  • Gender and Feminist Studies
  • Community-Based Learning and Pedagogies
  • Latinx Communities in Philadelphia


Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Lina Martínez Hernández, PhD, has grown as a scholar striving to follow a core principle: how academic work can serve communities beyond Academia. Throughout her learning path, she has experimented with how her research can relate to creative ways to give back to different communities. Her emphasis on issues like queer aesthetics and practices; epistemologies and modes of survival from racialized subjectivities in the Caribbean and Latin America; and, in sum, a continuous engagement and defiance with the centrality of identity when speaking from and about oppressed communities, continue to inform the bridges she creates between research and pedagogy. Her book project, "La negativa al nombre. Literatura y negatividad en el Caribe hispano", attempts to show the ways in which queer aesthetics in the Hispanic Caribbean are grounded on a genealogical praxis of refusal: to refuse as a path to create and liberate.

Taking from the different experiences and responsibilities she has encountered while affiliated to various educational institutions – Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, the University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College in PA –, Martínez Hernández seeks to always move beyond the confines of the university and designs ways to offer this opportunity to her students. The centrality of Community-Based-Learning (CBL) to her development as an intellectual, but also as a member of different communities in Philadelphia, is evident in the work she has developed since graduating from her PhD – to transform the Spanish language classroom into both a forum and a bridge to think about languages in connection to specific and always-changing communities. Her interest as a faculty member in the Global Studies and Modern Languages department at Drexel University is to encourage and motivate students to take advantage of learning how to walk, learn and create with communities beyond their campus.

Selected Publications:

  • “The Queer Hispanic Caribbean: Contemporary Revisions of its Genealogies”. New Perspectives on Hispanic Caribbean Studies. Palgrave, 2019 – Forthcoming
  • Poéticas, archivos y apuestas: estudios culturales del Caribe. Co-Edited with Giselle Román Medina. Valparaíso, Ediciones Universitarias de Valparaíso, 2018.
  • “Sana que sana, ciudadanía dominicana. El proyecto multi-media de Rita Indiana”. Arte y Políticas de Identidad 13 (2015): 76-96.
  • “Desafío a la conciliación: antagonismo y negatividad en imaginarios históricos del Caribe”. Perífrasis. 5.9 (2014): 48-64.
  • “Nombres y animales de Rita Indiana Hernández: del salvaje en reverso a la solidaridad”. Rita Indiana. Archivos. Ed. Fernanda Bustamante E. Santo Domingo; Berlín, Ediciones Cielo Naranja, 2017.
  • “Desafío a Pepe Grillo. Juan hace pública la intimidad”. Juan Mejía: Monografías de Artistas Colombianos. Ed. Julián Serna. Bogotá, Ministerio de Cultura, 2013.