Sonia Hernández

Sonia Hernández is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University. She is a former UT Board of Regents Scholar and former Fulbright scholar and currently a Chancellor EDGES Fellow. Hernández earned a PhD in Latin American History from the University of Houston in 2006 and specializes in the intersections of gender and labor in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, Chicana/o history, and Modern Mexico. She is the author of Working Women into the Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2014) which won the Sara A. Whaley Book Prize (NWSA) and the Liz Carpenter Award (TSHA), among others. A Spanish translation of this book was published as Mujeres, trabajo y región fronteriza (Tamaulipas: ITCA; Mexico City: INEHRM, 2017). She is the author of For a Just and Better World: Engendering Anarchism in the Mexican Borderlands, 1900-1938 (University of Illinois Press, 20121) which earned the Philip Taft Labor Book Award (Cornell & LAWCHA) and is co-editor with John Morán González of Reverberations of Racial Violence: Critical Reflections on the History of the Border (University of Texas Press, 2021).  She is co-founder of the award-winning public history project Refusing to Forget which brings public awareness of the role of state-sanctioned, anti-Mexican violence in the early 20th century. Hernández is at work on a new book project, “Por un compatriota: Transnational Networks, State Violence, and the Case of Gregorio Cortez, 1900-1920,” which re-visits the 1901 near-lynching attempt of Cortez in south central Texas from a gendered, transnational, and multi-national archival perspective.


Working Women into the Borderlands

In Working Women into the Borderlands, author Sonia Hernández sheds light on how women’s labor was shaped by US capital in the northeast region of Mexico and how women’s labor activism simultaneously shaped the nature of foreign investment and relations between Mexicans and Americans. As capital investments fueled the growth of heavy industries in cities and ports such as Monterrey and Tampico, women’s work complemented and strengthened their male counterparts’ labor in industries which were historically male-dominated.
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