Fernando received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. He studies social movements and social policy. His research centers on how social movements sustain mobilization and enhance their political influence. Tormos hopes to bridge gaps between scholarly policy analysis and on the ground policymaking, and to strengthen the Confluence SSN chapter by helping scholars disseminate their findings in clear, plain language. Originally from Puerto Rico, Tormos has done fieldwork in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. He will be based at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Argues that despite criticism of Second-Wave feminists for ignoring the intersection of race and gender, the movement, when viewed in conjunction with the African American Civil Rights Movement, proved influential for Black women who came of age during this period, launching a generation of female, African American state political leaders.
Focuses on the practical implications of intersectionality for social movements. Reviews prominent definitions of intersectionality, identifies a series of tenets, and presents a brief history of the notion of intersectionality. Reviews extant explanations of solidarity.