Degree: PhD Spanish, Western Michigan University

Position: Assistant Professor of Spanish – Fixed Term

Research Interests: The literary representation of migrations into the United States and trauma during the twenty-first century in narratives by U.S. Latino authors of Mexican, Central American and Caribbean origin.

Address: B-203 Wells Hall

Phone: 517-355-8350

Email: garci503@msu.edu


Viridiana García Hernández, Assistant Professor Fixed Term, holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from Western Michigan University (WMU). Her research focuses on the literary representation of migrations into the United States and trauma during the twenty-first century in narratives by U.S. Latino authors of Mexican, Central American and Caribbean origin. Her corpus of study includes novels, short stories, songs and movies that depict the reconfigurations of identities due to the immigrants’ border crossing.

García Hernández has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for Western Michigan University and a Visiting Professor of Spanish for Grand Valley State University (GVSU). She was the recipient of WMU’s University President’s Scholarship, the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship from WMU’s Graduate College, the Department-Level Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award from WMU, and the College of Arts and Science Graduate Research Assistantship Award from WMU.

In addition, García Hernández served as the On-site Resident Director of the Quito Study Abroad Program during the summer of 2015 and the Director’s Assistant of the CAMP-Querétaro Study Abroad Program during the spring recesses of 2015 and 2016.