Patricia Fernandez-Kelly spent a decade conducting field research with impoverished families in inner-city Baltimore in the 1990s. In "The Hero’s Fight: African Americans in West Baltimore and the Shadow of the State", she weaves together vivid biographical accounts of residents with an analysis of how they interact with government agencies. Fernandez-Kelly is a senior lecturer in sociology at Princeton University. Her work at Princeton focuses on international development with an emphasis on immigration, race, ethnicity and gender. She volunteers with the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the YWCA Princeton.