Ramona Hernandez

Director of the City University of New York Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI), City College of New York

Dr. Ramona Hernandez is the director of the City University of New York Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) and a professor of sociology, both at the City College of New York. She is also on the faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include the mobility of workers from Latin America and the Caribbean, the socioeconomic conditions of Dominicans in the US, and the restructuring of the world economy and its effects on working-class people. Under her leadership, CUNY DSI—home to a research unit, Dominican Library, and Dominican Archives—has distinguished itself as a world-class institute of research known for its groundbreaking scholarship on the history of the Dominican people in the United States and elsewhere. Among CUNY DSI’s most recent contributions are the discovery of the Dominican Juan Rodriguez, the first immigrant to have settled in New York City in 1613, and Esteban Hotesse, the only Dominican-born member of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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