Arlene Fernández

Portrait of Arlene Fernandez
Doctoral Student

Arlene Fernández studies critical cultural and visual communication, discursive identity formation with a focus on Caribbean Latinx communities, migration and diaspora, and urbanicity. Her current work interrogates the ways in which mediated narratives about the American dream, ethno-racial and colonial politics, socioeconomic precarity, and technology are entangled in Latinx-owned corner stores. Fernández also studies culture, racialization, and discourse in Latinx digital spaces and their counter-hegemonic possibilities and limitations. As a mediamaker, she is committed to a multimodal ethnographic research praxis that can serve as a potential vehicle for public engagement and translation, and as an opportunity for cultural reimaginings that center those at the margins.

Fernández holds a Master of Social Work and B.A. in Urban Studies, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and she brings a variety of professional experiences primarily in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. She is a long-time Philadelphia resident originally from Queens, New York.

Arlene Fernández studies critical cultural and visual communication, discursive identity formation with a focus on Caribbean Latinx communities, migration and diaspora, and urbanicity. She also explores Latinx digital culture and multimodal ethnography.
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Fernández's Network

  • Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
  • Culture and Communication
  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Visual Communication
  • CAMRA at Penn
  • Center for Experimental Ethnography
  • Center on Digital Culture and Society
  • Media Activism Research Collective