PhD, (Culture and Performance), University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Arts, (World Arts and Cultures), University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
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. Projects in the works includes an article titled, Promoting Community-based Participatory Research: Lessons Learned from Proyecto Jardín and a podcast called Art & Gardening for Change in the City of Angels.