Dr. Alvaro Huerta is a Visiting Scholar at UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center. As an interdisciplinary scholar, he conducts research and teaches on various academic fields, including urban planning, Chicana/o--Latina/o studies, diaspora / immigration, social movements, social network analysis, gendered labor niches and the informal economy. He's the author of a book on reframing the national immigration debate towards a humanistic paradigm. Also, he's currently working on a second book for an academic press, an edited volume on migration and a series of scholarly articles for peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
Dr. Huerta holds a B.A. in history and M.A. in urban planning from UCLA. Also, he holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley. His dissertation focuses on Mexican immigrants and their social networks in Los Angeles' informal economy. He received full funding for his doctoral research from the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, UC MEXUS Dissertation Grant and others.
Raised in a Tijuana slum and East Los Angeles' notorious Ramona Gardens housing project, Dr. Huerta is the product of public schools, from inner-city schools to elite universities. He's happily married to his wonderful wife, Antonia Montes. He's also the proud son of Mexican immigrants from a small rancho, Sajo Grande, in the beautiful state of Michoacán.