Dr. Alvaro Huerta holds a joint faculty appointment in Urban & Region Planning and Ethnic & Women’s Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. 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.
Apart from his journal articles, social commentaries, edited volumes and forthcoming books, he is the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm (San Diego State University Press, 2013). As a nationally recognized speaker and public policy expert, he has spoken at major universities, academic conferences, philanthropic foundations, syndicated programs (e.g., Tavis Smiley Show) and other influential forums (e.g., TEDxClaremontColleges).
As a first-generation university graduate, Dr. Huerta is the product of public schools, from inner-city schools (K-12) to elite universities. He holds a B.A. (history) and M.A. (urban planning) from UCLA, in addition to a Ph.D. (city & regional planning) from UC Berkeley.
On a more personal note, as the son of Mexican immigrants who lacked formal education, Dr. Huerta was raised in a Mexican (Tijuana's poverty-stricken Colonia Libertad) and U.S. barrio (East Los Angeles' notorious Ramona Gardens housing project or Big Hazard projects). He is happily married to his wife Antonia Montes of many years.