Dr. Bernadine Hernández received her PhD in Literatures in English and Cultural Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a research professor at the Institute of American Cultures and the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is finishing her book manuscript titled Invisible Bodies of a New Nation: Civility and Sexual Economies on the Nineteenth Century Borderlands. Her publications appear in Comparative Literature and Culture, WSQ, among others. She specializes in transnational feminism and sexual economies of the US borderlands, along with American Literary Studies/Empire from the mid-nineteenth-century to the early twentieth, borderlands theory, and Chicana/Latina Literature and Sexualities. Her specialization in cultural studies informs her teaching pedagogy and focuses on the late nineteenth-century and twentieth century American literature, the U.S./Mexico border, and gender and sexuality.