About me

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” -Winston Churchill

I am an assistant professor in California State University – Dominguez Hills. After graduating from City University of Hong Kong, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and InformationNanyang Technological University in Singapore. My BA (International Relations) and MA (Political Science) are from Tec de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Before initiating this academic marathon called life, I worked in the educational sector in Mexico. There, I taught, trained, hired [and fired], did press clippings, organized promotional events for schools, planned international communication with partner universities, and/or ran internal communication with employees, until I switched to research. Whether I crossed to the dark side or vice-versa, depends on the looming deadlines.

Personal Interests

I like traveling, watching ballet rehearsals (while eating cookies) and finding toys for my dog back in Mexico.

I am fascinated by the making of art, the behind-the-scenes creative process. So, I love finding related documentaries. My favorite ones are First Position (watching kids describe their passion for ballet gets me back to writing any given day). If that fails, I turn to the Short Game (where kids describe their passion and discipline for golf). If I want variety, I may watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi, where Jiro & sons describe the delicate balance of sushi art (also, a great story of the story of Jiro is the editor‘s one). Lastly, there’s Spotlight: journalists following a story and exposing a thousand-year old institution in six months of research and writing is just unbelievable (also, puts me to shame when I have manuscripts with longer shelf-lives than that!).


If interested in research collaborations or ballet discussions, my email is mihernandez@csudh.edu.