fernandez imageLilia Fernández, Ph.D.

Henry Rutgers Term Chair
Associate Professor, LCS and History
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ph.D. 2005, University of California, San Diego
M.A. 2002, University of California, San Diego
Ed.M. 2000, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.A. 1994, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Office Phone Number: 848-445-4344

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Research Interests

Twentieth Century Latino/a history * Immigration History * Urban History * Urban Renewal and Gentrification * Women’s History * Race and Ethnicity


Biographical Information

Lilia Fernández is the Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Latino & Caribbean Studies and the Department of History. She is a scholar of 20th century Latino/a urban and immigration history and the author of Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2012) which examines how these two populations secured a place in the city—both in its physical geography and its ethnoracial landscape—in the mid-twentieth century. Fernandez has published on a variety of other topics, including Latino/a community formation, immigration and nativism, and popular culture and urban history. She is currently working on two edited projects—an interdisciplinary volume on Mexican Americans outside the U.S. Southwest and an encyclopedia, 50 Events That Shaped Latino History. Fernandez serves on a number of editorial and advisory boards for journals like Aztlan, Latino Studies, and the Journal of American Ethnic History. In 2015 she joined the editorial board for the Historical Studies in Urban America series at the University of Chicago Press.

Courses Regularly Taught

595:100 Introduction to Caribbean Studies
Intro to Latino Studies
 369 Latino History
  Mexican American History