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Cecilia Fernandez, M.F.A.

Cecilia Fernandez
Adjunct Professor
Dept. of Writing and Communication


  • M.F.A. Florida International University
  • M.A. University of Miami
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley

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Cecilia M. Fernandez is an Adjunct Professor at NSU's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS). She is the author of Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto, winning first place in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards and second place in the 2015 Latino Books into Movies Award. Her memoir was chosen as a 2015 top ten nonfiction book by and as a finalist in the Bread Loaf Writers’ 2011 Conference Book Contest.

An independent journalist and college instructor with a passion for literature, her work has appeared in Latina Magazine, Latina Style, Accent Miami, Upstairs at the Duroc: the Paris Workshop Journal, Vista Magazine, and Le Siecle de George Sand.

A former reporter for The Stockton Record, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Miami television stations WPBT, WSVN, WSCV, and WLTV, Cecilia covered the state legislature, the National Democratic Convention, local and presidential elections, Operation Desert Storm, Hurricane Andrew, the drug trafficking trial of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the rape trial of William Kennedy Smith, the Mariel boatlift, and the Miami riots among many other stories. She believes her best reporting – and writing – happened while covering the lives of the simple folk living in the ethnic neighborhoods of California and Florida.

Awards include an Emmy nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Dartmouth University’s Champion Tuck Award (Honorable Mention for Television), the Scripps-Howard Award: News Writer of the Month, and a Fellowship for Independent Summer Study from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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