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Melissa Gómez Hernández

Latin America - Diversity in the Americas

Dr. Melissa Gomez Hernandez earned her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Florida International University in the summer of 2018. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her doctoral studies. Dr. Gomez Hernandez spent a semester (fall, 2016) as a Visiting Graduate Researcher at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles.


She has been awarded the 2018 PAT-Net Fellows Program award by the Administration Theory and Praxis Network Annual Conference, and the 2017 APPAM Equity & Inclusion Student Fellowship. The title of her most recent publication is: McCandless, S., Bishu, S.G., Gomez Hernandez, M., Paredes Eraso, E., Sabharwal, M., Santis, E.L. and Yates, S. (2022), A Long Road: Patterns and Prospects for Social Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Public Administration. Public Admin. Accepted Author Manuscript.  

Dr. Gomez Hernandez research agenda focuses on social equity, gender, public service values, public organizations and program performance, management, and housing policy.  Back in Colombia, she continues researching on Latin American issues and consulting for several organizations.  

Until January 2023, she served as the Project Coordinator of the Afrodiasporic Studies Center -CEAF-, and as Professor at the Department of Political Studies at Universidad Icesi, in Cali, Colombia. Dr. Gómez Hernández was nominated to the Fulbright Excellence Award 2022.  She has been recently appointed as Director of the Afrodiasporic Studies Center -CEAF-. 

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