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Dr. G. (Gian-Louis) Hernandez

Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Persuasive Communication
Photographer: Sander Nieuwenhuys

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Dr. Hernandez is a Postdocoral Researcher in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research and a Lecturer in the Communication Science Department. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Urban Mental Health. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Science from Universita della Svizzera Italiana (USI). His work centers around issues of race and representation. He has published in Latino Studies, Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education, Journal of International Students, Globalisation, Societies, and Education, among others.

    Research expertise

    • Race
    • Ethnicity
    • Diversity
    • Affect
    • Discourse

    Project manager

  • Research

    Research methods

    • Critical Discourse Analysis
    • Discourse Theoretical Analysis
    • Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis
    • Visual Analysis
    • Ethnography
    • Qualitative Interview

    Research projects

    • Mhealth4all Project – An EU-Commission funded project exploring barriers migrants face trying to access mental healthcare 
    • Critical Beings Podcast – a research-based podcast illuminating notions of criticality in body-oriented professions. Part of a larger project around health and fitness
    • Diversity in the Classroom Project – a project examining how students of the UvA conceptualize and navigate issues of diversity during their studies 
    • Centre for Urban Mental Health Narrative Interview Project – a project designed to identify the role of narrative in the construction of complex health communication theory and provide the UMH with an overview of relationships between projects
    • Museum Social Media Inclusion/Exclusion project – an analysis of social media representation on TikTok accounts of two Dutch Museusm and how  this representation contributes to imaginaries of inclusion/exclusion 

    Research grants & honours

    13.06.2023       FRIS Research Grant 
    09.06.2023       Digicom Lab Seed Grant
    31.10.2022       Fair, Inclusive and Resilient Societies Grant. Project title: Exploring Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom
    08.09.2022       International Studies Association Conference Research Workshop Award (as panel participant)
    08.30.2021       2021 Equal Opportunities Award awarded by Università della Svizzera Italiana for the paper ”Racial Unspeakability: Affect and Embodiment in Swiss International Education"
    06.01.2020 – 01.09.2021    Doc.Mobility Grant awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Project Title: Mobile Bodies of Color: Racial, Ethnic, and National Exclusion/Inclusion in International Higher Education. The University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sharon Stein

  • Teaching

    Teaching courses

    BA – Qualitative Methods
    BA – Persuasive Communication
    BA – Communication Ethics
    BA – Content Analysis

    MA – Research Methods Tailored to the Thesis: Qualitative Methods 

  • Publications


    • Hernandez, G-L. (2023). Anationality: Identifying with neither here nor there . Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 15(1), 169-179. [details]
    • Hernandez, G. L., Drzewiecka, J. A., & Greco, S. (2023). FortressEurope integrating through division: an actantial narrative analysis. Journal of Contemporary European Studies.
    • Hernandez, G., & da Silva Canavarro , A. (2023). Academic precarity and its Helvetic discontents: autoethnographic insights into the Swiss poetics of precarity. Globalisation, Societies and Education.


    • Hernandez, G-L., & Denk, A. (2022). Absent, obscured, and hidden: An interdisciplinary analysis of visual race, ethnicity, and gender in UNDP representations of inequality. Transcience, 13(2), 44-68. [details]


    • Hernandez, G-L. (2021). Racial Unspeakability: Affect and Embodiment in Swiss International Higher Education Institutions. JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, 11, 108-132.


    • Drzewiecka, J. A., Hernandez, G-L., & Pande, S. (2019). Vulnerability, precarity and the people in debates over immigration in local newspapers. LATINO STUDIES, 17, 448-466.


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  • Ancillary activities
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