Arlene Fernández

Portrait of Arlene Fernandez
Doctoral Student

Arlene Fernández is a doctoral student and research fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication. She is broadly interested in culture, discursive racial and class formations, visual communication, and social policy. Currently, she is exploring the intersection of Latinx racialization; ways that racialized experiences and related counter-hegemonic practices are informed by, manifested through, and discursively formed in media and digital spaces; and connections between (mediated) identities and rhetoric about the U.S. social welfare system within the context of our current sociopolitical moment. As a mediamaker, she is committed to the idea that multimodal approaches to research can serve as vehicles for public engagement and translation, and as spaces 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 work experiences primarily in nonprofits and higher education. She is a long-time Philadelphia resident and originally from Queens, New York.

Arlene Fernández is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication.

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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