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Alma A. Hernandez

PhD Student

Research Interests

Crime, Law, and Social Control , Race and Ethnicity , Criminology

Criminalization of border crossing communities on the U.S.-Mexico border , racialization processes , neighborhood crime , inequality and well-being , 


Alma Angelica Hernandez was born in El Paso, Texas, but she lived in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico until the age of ten. Since that time, Alma has resided in the United States but commutes between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso frequently. Alma has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research agenda aims to understand the criminalization of border crossing communities on the U.S.-México border as well as to explore how the policing of border crossing communities is a racialized process. Her areas of interest also include border populations, neighborhood crime, and well-being.