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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.

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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