Bertha Hernández describes herself as a tranfronteriza. She was born in Tijuana, Baja California, and was raised on both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana border region, where she continues to live, work, and play. Her work and personal activities allow her to go back and forth in this unique and dynamic area of the world.
Hernández has a joint master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Transborder Public Administration and Governance (San Diego State University [SDSU] and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California [UABC]); bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Mexican American Studies (SDSU); a Joint Certificate in Transborder Public Administration and Governance (SDSU and UABC); and a Certificate in Translation Studies (SDSU).
At present, she is the coordinator of SDSU’s Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Her responsibilities include working closely with the chairperson on all matters pertinent to the department, including financial issues, class schedules, faculty contracts, university’s academic and administrative regulations and policies, among other tasks.
For more than 22 years, she was the administrative coordinator and associate editor of SDSU’s Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias (IRSC). In addition to maintaining financial records and preparing budget projections, she translated most manuscripts accepted for publication from their original versions in English or Spanish. She organized international conferences; conducted research on transborder issues (environmental, educational, etc.); served as liaison to universities and other institutions in Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and other countries; etc. She continues to collaborate with IRSC in transborder projects.
Hernández also works independently as researcher, editor, and/or translator. The following is a partial list of ongoing and completed projects:
- Transborder Formal and Informal Networks, with Dr. Kimberly Collins (CSU San Bernardino), work in progress
- Chicana Tributes, edited by Rita Sanchez and Sonia Lopez, work in progress
- Border Angels: The Power of One, by Enrique Morones with Dr. Richard Griswold del Castillo
- Tijuana 1964: A Photographic and Historic View /Tijuana 1964: Una visión fotográfica e histórica, 2 nd edition (2014), edited by Dr. Paul Ganster
- Detained in the Desert, film by Josefina López
- Border Visions, documentary by Evangeline Griego
- The U.S.-Mexico War, documentary by Paul Espinos In This Corner, by Ignacio Flores de la Lama et al.
- Hernández is a member of the Board of Directors of Imperial Beach Health Center; member of the Board of Directors of Arts for a Better Tomorrow, a nonprofit transborder organization; and former president and current member of the House of Mexico, also a nonprofit and part of Balboa Park’s House of Pacific Relations (San Diego, CA).