Dr. Alvaro Huerta holds a joint faculty appointment in Urban & Region Planning and Ethnic & Women’s Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He’s one of the few Chicana/o scholars to hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in urban planning. He’s the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm (San Diego State University Press, 2013). He’s also the lead editor of Volume 4 (immigration) of People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration. [4 Volumes]. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO / Greenwood, 2016).
Dr. Huerta holds a Ph.D. in city & regional planning from UC Berkeley—one of the first Chicanos to do so. He also holds an M.A. in urban planning and a B.A. in history from UCLA.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, he teaches and conducts research on the intersecting domains of community & economic development, Chicana/o & Latina/o studies, immigration & Mexican diaspora, social movements, social networks and the informal economy.
Currently, he’s working on two book projects and one journal article (review & resubmit). This includes: (1) book on Latino politics and national immigration discourse; (2) book on Mexican immigrants and their social networks in the informal economy; and (3) peer-reviewed article on an ethnic labor niche in Los Angeles’s informal economy.
Additionally, Dr. Huerta publishes social commentaries for various publications, such as The Progressive Magazine, Progressive Planning, Planning Magazine, The Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Daily News, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Business Journal, La Opinión and The Hill. This includes online outlets, such as The Huffington Post, CounterPunch, Latino Rebels, ImmigrationProf Blog, LA Progressive and many more.
As a nationally recognized speaker and public policy expert, Dr. Huerta has spoken at major universities, colleges, academic conferences, non-profit organizations, television programs (e.g., interview at Tavis Smiley Show), news networks (e.g., Univision) and other forums (e.g., immigration talk at TEDxClaremontColleges).
Prior to pursuing academia, Dr. Huerta was a highly successful community organizer. Among his many community-based (and university-centered) organizing campaigns, he effectively led and co-led two of the most dynamic, grassroots campaigns in U.S. history: (1) defeating a polluting power plant in South Gate (located in Southeast Los Angeles) (video link); and (2) defeating the City of Los Angeles’ draconian leaf-blower ban, forcing the city to eliminate harsh penalties against Latino immigrant gardeners (i.e., a misdemeanor charge, $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail) (video link).
Moreover, Dr. Huerta has received numerous fellowships, awards, recognitions and grants for his scholarship, civic engagement and public policy advocacy towards a more just and humane society. This includes the Ford Foundation Diversity Pre-doctoral Fellowship, the American Planning Association’s National Planning Leadership Award: Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning’s Edward Blakely Award – for Advancing the Cause of Social and Racial Justice in Urban Planning and many more. On a related note, Dr. Huerta is especially honored of Fox News’ rebuke against his criticism of SNL and Trump.
Raised in a Mexican slum (Colonia Libertad in Tijuana) and North American barrio (Ramona Gardens housing project in East Los Angeles), Dr. Huerta—a first-generation university graduate and scholar—is the product of public schools, from inner-city schools (K-12) to elite universities. On a more personal note, he’s married to Antonia Montes.
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