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Arlene Fernández, MSW

  • Student, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2018-2019

Advisor: Dr. Ezekiel Dixon-Román

Research Interests

Discursive identity formation

Race/ethnicity and power

Critical theory and cultural studies

Decolonization of social work research and practice

Multimodal and critical research methods

Film and new media

Social policy

Arlene Fernández is a joint doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Social Policy and Practice. She is broadly interested in culture, discursive racial and class formations, visual communication, and social policy. Currently, she is exploring the intersection of Latinx racializatio; 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.

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