Kortney Hernandez, Ed.D.

Kortney Hernandez

Assistant Professor, College of Education


Ed.D., Educational Leadership for Social Justice, Loyola Marymount University, 2016
M.A., Early Childhood Education, Loyola Marymount University, 2013
B.A., Criminology, Law and Society, University of California Irvine, 2008


Critical/Decolonizing Pedagogies
Social Justice
Service Learning
Community Engagement
Early Childhood Education
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Kortney Hernandez holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Social Justice, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society.

Professor Hernandez’s research critically engages the phenomenon of service learning/community engagement through a bicultural decolonizing epistemological lens that seeks to break through the entrapment of hegemonic and blinding conceptions of service that maintain the status quo and oppressive conditions for communities. 

Professor Hernandez has served as a site manager for a nonprofit, community development, early childhood program under the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good at California State University—Los Angeles and formerly at the University of California—Irvine, where she has been involved in preparing and engaging hundreds of undergraduate university students to work with preschool children from culturally and economically disenfranchised neighborhoods.