Christine Hernández

Curator of Special Collections at The Latin American Library


Christine Hernández serves as Curator of Special Collections at The Latin American Library and coordinates digitization initiatives at the Latin American Library since 2012. She received her A.B. in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 2000. She specializes in Mesoamerican archaeology with some practical experience in the Greater Southwest of the US and SE Louisiana. She has published widely on the archaeology of Mesoamerica, specializing in the prehistory and ceramic traditions of Michoacán and the El Bajío region of north-central Mexico and prehispanic painted Maya and highland central Mexican codices.  Her published works include journal articles and chapters in edited volumes by publishers that include Ancient Mesoamerica, Ancient America, MARI, BAR, University of Florida Press, and ArcheoPress.  She has co-authored several volumes with Dr. Gabrielle Vail the most recent of which is, Re-Creating Primordial Time:  Foundation Rituals and Mythology in the Postclassic Maya Codices (2013), published by University Press of Colorado. She is co-PI with Gabrielle Vail of the Maya Hieroglyphics Codices Database ( and author of Digital Resources: Tulane University's Collection of Cuban American Radionovelas, 1963-1970 (

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