Donald J. Hernandez
Professor of Sociology


  • Demographics
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • English language learners
  • Hispanic students

Donald J. Hernandez is a professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Recent publications include Mother’s Education and Children’s Outcomes: How Dual-Generation Programs Offer Increased Opportunities for America’s Families, Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America’s New Non-Majority Generation, and Declining Fortunes of Children in Middle-Class Families: Economic Inequality and Child Well-Being in the 21st Century for the Foundation for Child Development; Children in Immigrant Families in Eight Affluent Countries for the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre; Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation for the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Early Childhood Education Programs: Accounting for Low Enrollment in Immigrant and Minority Families in “The Next Generation: Immigrant Youth in Comparative Perspective,” published by NYU Press.  He is conducting research on disparities in child well-being by race-ethnic, immigrant, and socioeconomic status, and on family factors that lead to success in reading by third grade and high school graduation.