Cristina Hernandez has studied art history for over 30 years, focusing on Classical and Precolumbian cultures. Her current research is devoted to Roman architectural history and archaeology, specializing in Pompeian domestic structures and house baths, in particular.
Hired at Mt. SAC in 1997, Professor Hernandez committed her energies to developing the art history program — including Honors Program and distance learning courses. She has also taught abroad, served as department chair, and been a member of various academic committees, including the Faculty Association, Academic Senate, Educational Design Committee, and Curriculum and Instruction Council.
Today, the Art History Department is the only fully-developed and autonomous art history department in the California Community College system, preparing students to critically analyze the visual world around us.