Islander Alumna Part of Group Who Publishes Comprehensive Book on Latina Political Participation

Published: July 14, 2016

Islander Alumna Part of Group Who Publishes Comprehensive Book on Latina Political Participation

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Islander Alumna, Samantha Hernandez, is making the Island University proud for her continued success and excellence in her field. Hernandez, who graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, has followed her passion. She has published her first book, “Latinas in American Politics: Changing and Embracing Political Tradition.”

In the book, Hernandez, along with two other co-editors, examine when and how Latinas run for political office at the state and national level. Together, they also analyzed the manner in which Latinas are covered in the news, how they act once they are in office and how they are compared to other political candidates. It is one of the few comprehensive studies focusing on the race and gender issues normally faced by Latina elected officials politically.

Hernandez was part of an editing team who also included Dr. Sharon A. Navarro, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Leslie A. Navarro, strategic advisor for organizations and higher education institutions on accreditation, planning, program, development and organizational culture.           

Hernandez’s book is another in her long lists of achievements. During her collegiate career at the Island University, Hernandez was the President of the Student Government Association and a McNair Scholar. She conducted research with then university Professor of Political Science, Dr. Joseph Jozwiak, studying the corporate social responsibility of environmental policies between the European Union and the United States. As a student, Hernandez also made two trips to Washington, D.C., one for the Presidential Inauguration and the other for the Student Government Conference. In addition, she served on the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board for the Texas A&M University System and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Hernandez graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Political Science. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University.

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