Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Kelly Lytle Hernández is a Professor of History and African American Studies, and the Interim Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. This week her most recent work, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, won the John Hope Franklin Prize. It had already won The American Book Award, James Rawley Prize, and The Athearn Book Prize. One of the nation’s leading experts on race, immigration, and mass incarceration, her previous work Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol has also garnered awards, including the 2010 Clements Prize, Honorable Mention for the 2011 Lora Romero First Book Prize, Honorable Mention for the 2011 John Hope Franklin Prize, and finalist in the 2011 First Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. In 2007 she won the Oscar O. Winther Award for the best article to appear in the Western Historical Quarterly, and the Bolton-Kinnaird Award for best article on the Spanish borderlands. Her latest book, Bad Mexicans: Ricardo Flores Magon and the Undocumented Immigrants who Felled a Tyrant and Changed the World is forthcoming from Norton.