Dr. Alvaro Huerta


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, Dr. 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 his many scholarly publications, he’s the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm. As a public intellectual, nationally recognized speaker/social commentator and public policy expert, he has spoken at major universities, colleges, academic conferences, non-profit organizations, television programs (e.g., Tavis Smiley Show), news networks (e.g., Univision) and other influential forums, such as TEDx. His TEDx talks include: “Migration as a Human Right”; and “From Tijuana to East L.A. to Academia: Life Lessons from a Scholar.” While born in the U.S., he was raised in a Mexican slum (Colonia Libertad in Tijuana, Baja California) and violent U.S. barrio (Ramona Gardens housing project or Big Hazard projects in Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles). Dr. Huerta holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley—one of the first Chicanas/os to do so. He also holds an M.A. in urban planning and a B.A. in history-both from UCLA.