PhD (Culture and Performance) UCLA; MA (World Arts and Cultures) UCLA; BA UCLA.
Claudia J. Hernández Romero is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts & Sciences Department at Otis College of Art & Design. She holds a Ph.D. from the Culture and Performance Program in the World Arts & Cultures Department at UCLA. Her dissertation is entitled, Proyecto Jardín Community Garden: Traditional Medicine and Health Among Latinx in Boyle Heights. Her research interests include Latinx and African-based healing and spiritual practices, botánicas in Los Angeles, community gardens and environmental and food justice. In addition to her academic pursuits, Hernández Romero is a dancer and performance artist whose work emphasizes story telling through improvisational movement and visual installations that explore belonging, indigeneity, immigration and Latinidad. Publications include: Botánicas: Sites of Healing and Community Support, and Miraculous Migrants to the City of Angels: Perceptions of El Santo Niño de Atocha and San Simón as Sources of Help and Healing.