Kassandra Hernandez is a first-generation college student, Latina, and daughter of Mexican immigrants. She holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Labor & Workplace Studies, also from UCLA, and is an alumna of the American Economic Association Summer Program (AEASP), at the time held by Michigan State University.
Her research interests include labor, income inequity, immigration, and environmental economics, all with an emphasis on social justice and community engagement. Through internships, research, volunteering, and AmeriCorps service, she has worked with students, foster youth, day laborers, agricultural workers, car wash workers, retail workers, and domestic workers, in both English and Spanish. At Luskin, she has worked on projects related to on-the-job heat exposure, fair scheduling for retail workers, and now through the Latino Policy & Politics Initiative, the impact that policies have on the Latinx community. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics or Public Policy to eventually merge her passion for applied research, policy analysis, and teaching as a professor.