Andrea Hernández Holm, PhD

Andrea Hernández Holm is the first graduate of the doctoral studies program in the Mexican American Studies Department at the University of Arizona, and holds an M.S. in Mexican American Studies and M.A. in American Indian Studies as well.


Andrea's research focus is on borderland writing, storytelling, and knowledge-keeping. Her dissertation, Floating Borderlands: Chicanas and Mexicanas Moving Knowledge in the Borderlands, explores how women in these communities have maintained identity and facilitated resiliency through storytelling in both oral and written traditions. She has developed an original theoretical lens, floating borderlands, to illuminate how storytelling at the intersections of identity is an act of resistance, decolonization, and movement toward social justice. 

Andrea is also a writing specialist and has assisted emerging and established writers in developing their voices for 20 years. Her focus is in academic writing for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, and writing for professionals across disciplines.

Born and raised in the desert of central Arizona, Andrea is a published scholar and poet. 

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