Fred Ariel Hernandez



Postdoctoral Researcher


I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Graduate School of Sport Sciences at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, funded by a joint fellowship from the US National Institutes of Health and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. My work in Japan studies the development of mixed-gender sports and coaching pedagogy from extracurricular school sports to national team settings. I received my PhD in Gender Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (2019), analyzing local public school sports coaching to understand larger debates about athlete safety, participation versus competition, and coaching preparation and certification. My interdisciplinary research primarily relies on ethnographic, oral history, media and archival analysis. I currently am part of the Asthma Files research team (Fortun et al. 2014), a decade-long consortium of projects examining cultural dimensions of environmental health. In collaboration with Dr. Tanio, our SSRC funded study seeks to understand how differently situated pre-K–12 schools in the San Gabriel Valley region of Southern California are adapting to the challenges of remote teaching and distance learning during Covid-19.