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Alvaro Huerta

Dr. Alvaro Huerta 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. Among other scholarly publications, he’s the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm. Prior to becoming a scholar-activist, he was a community organizer. Among other campaigns, he co-led a grassroots campaign defeating the City of Los Angeles’ draconian leaf-blower ban (video link) and spearheaded an organizing campaign defeating a power-plant proposal in Southeast Los Angeles (video link). Recently, as a Cal Poly Pomona faculty member and public policy expert/advocate, he’s been a leader working on decriminalizing street vending in Los Angeles in particular and California in general. Born in the U.S., he spent his early years in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, and formative years in East Los Angeles’ notorious Ramona Gardens public housing project (or Big Hazard projects before becoming a first-generation college graduate and Ford Foundation Fellowship recipient.

Recent Grants and Fellowships:

Ford Fellow-The National Academies of the Sciences

Selected Publications:


Video Interviews:


B.A., history; M.A., urban planning, University of California Los Angeles

Ph.D., city and regional planning, University of California Berkeley


English and Spanish

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