Donald J. Hernandez

Donald J. Hernandez is Professor, Department of Sociology, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).  He is the author of America’s Children: Resources from Family, Government, and the Economy (Russell Sage Foundation, 1993), the first national research using children as the unit of analysis to document the timing, magnitude, and reasons for revolutionary changes experienced by children since the Great Depression in family composition, parent’s education, father’s and mother’s work, and family income and poverty.

Recent publications include Mother’s Education and Children’s Outcomes:  How Dual-Generation Programs Offer Increased Opportunities for America’s Families (Foundation for Child Development, FCD), Children in Immigrant Families in Eight Affluent Countries: Their Family, National, and International Context (UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre), Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America’s New Non-Majority Generation (FCD), Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation (Annie E. Casey Foundation), Declining Fortunes of Children in Middle-Class Families: Economic Inequality and Child Well-Being in the 21st Century (FCD), PreK-3rd: Next Steps for State Longitudinal Data Systems (FCD), “Early Childhood Education Programs: Accounting for Low Enrollment in Immigrant and Minority Families”, in The Next Generation: Immigrant Youth in Comparative Perspective (NYU Press),

He currently is conducting research on disparities in child well-being by race-ethnic, immigrant, and socioeconomic status with funding from the Foundation for Child Development, and he is assessing features of family environments of at-risk children that foster resilience leading to success in reading by 3rd grade and, ultimately, high school graduation with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Disparities in Children's Education and Health