Dr. Alejandro Hernandez
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Alejandro holds a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in Political Economy from Carleton University. He was awarded with a Vanier Scholarship, the Government of Canada’s most prestigious international award for doctoral students. His areas of interest include (im)migration/diasporas, race/ethnicity, identities, and youth in Canada and Latin America.
Alejandro has ample experience in migration and youth research, policy evaluation, teaching, and education management both in Canada and Mexico. His most recent research focused on the experiences of economic integration and development of transnational ties among Mexican youth in Ottawa and Montreal.
Alejandro will honour the work of Dr. Agnes Calliste with the Outstanding Contribution Award Lecture at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2021 (June 2021, Edmonton, Alberta). Dr. Calliste passed away last year at the age of 74, after a long and rich career at St. Francis Xavier University. Dr. Calliste’s work was foundational to establishing a tradition of critical, intersectional analyses of race in Canada. Focusing especially on Caribbean immigration, Dr. Agnes Calliste foregrounded the experiences of Black/Caribbean workers in Canada.
This lecture was scheduled as part of the CSA 2020 Conference. Due to Covid-19, it has been rescheduled for the CSA 2021 Conference at the University of Alberta (May 31-June 4, 2021).
Alejandro was a member of the 2021 Nomination Committee for the newly minted Lorne Tepperman Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award of the Canadian Sociological Association. He was a Board of Directors member, Elections Officer, and Communications Chair of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2016-2019). He was also member of the Advisory Search Committee for Vice-President (Research and International), and the Chair of the Committee for Refugee Issues at Carleton University.
Race and Ethnic Relations (SOCI/ANTH 230, 3 credits)
Race and ethnicity are examined as bases of social differentiation under critical, interdisciplinary, and intersectional lenses across various societies and not only those of North America. Ethnic and “race” group relations are analyzed in relation to stratification and the exercise of power as intersected by biology/genomics, class, gender, sexuality, politics, migration, religion, and nationalism. The course further involves exploration of the phenomena of racialization, racisms, discrimination, prejudice, interculturalism and multiculturalism, and intergroup accommodation.
Certificate in Immigration Studies
Research Methods (SOCI 310, 3 credits)
In addition, the course is designed to offer students opportunities to develop critical thinking and soft skills such as planning, active listening and communication skills, teamwork, problem solving, and writing skills that will further develop their professional toolbox.
Field Research (SOCI 415, 6 credits)
This course provides the opportunity for advanced qualitative research methods. Students are taught systematic procedures for the collection of primary data using methods that include participant-observation and formal and informal interviewing, survey research, and library research.
Qualitative methods in this course will include grounded theory methodology, focus groups, mini-ethnography and auto-ethnography, oral history, online methods (i.e. YouTube, Instagram, blogs), art-based analysis (e.g. photo-voice), movement-based analysis (e.g. walking tour, mapping out of geographical areas), discourse analysis, and use of basic software for thematic analysis (i.e. Excel). In addition, the course will offer some useful advice for you to consider when working with certain groups, such as indigenous and visible minority communities and people with disabilities.
Introduction to Society (SOCI 203, 3 credits)
An introduction to the sociological study of society. The course begins with a consideration of the concepts, models, and methods used by sociologists. This is followed by an examination of selected substantive areas of social life, ranging from the relations between individuals and groups to total societies.
Latin Americans face a stubborn pay gap in Canada, data shows
Immigrants’ labour force has become indispensable in Canada due to aging demographics. Through our most recent exploratory research and drawing from 2016 census data, we analyzed how well Latinos are doing in terms of economic integration.
Across the board, Latin Americans earned less than the average Canadian. This produces unequal economic conditions, and can make coming to, and working in Canada more difficult. In order to reach economic parity with the average Canadian, Latino workers have to overcome multiple barriers. These include accent and language obstacles, professional accreditation issues, discriminatory hiring processes and the effect of gender.Latinos’ economic integration journey requires both individual and collective efforts as well as policy interventions to ensure good outcomes for this vital labour force group. Read the full article in The Conversation Canada here.
The Political Economy of Immigration Securitization: Nation-Building and Racialization in Canada
Rural Young People: New Actors of the Migration to the United States? / Los jóvenes rurales, ¿nuevos actores de la migración a Estados Unidos?
Descubriendo la salud y la sexualidad en los medios. Medios de comunicación y salud pública. La voz de los adolescentes
Sexo, droga y TV. De medios, sexualidad y salud en adolescentes clasemedieros de Guadalajara, Jalisco
El presente artículo parte de la investigación «Medios de comunicación y salud pública: la voz de los adolescentes», realizada en Guadalajara, Jalisco, que constituyó una parte del pro-yecto COMSALUD Latinoamérica. «La voz de los adolescentes» se realizó en Argentina, Honduras, Colombia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Perú, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, República Dominicana y México, y fue financiada por la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS). En este último país, el protocolo se aplicó y coordinó en Guadalajara por María Martha Collignon (ITESO), y se replicó en Toluca, Estado de México (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Universidad de las Américas). La pregunta que dirigió al proyecto fue: ¿cuál es y qué características tiene el rol de los medios de comunicación en la cotidianeidad de los adolescentes en América Latina, particularmente en el ámbito de la salud? La población de estudio fueron adolescente (hombres y mujeres) de doce a diecinueve años, quienes participaron en grupos focales con un cuestionario que se replicó en todos los países.