Latinx Immigrants, Xenophobia, and Planning History: From the Late 1800s to the Present
Dr. Alvaro Huerta holds a joint faculty appointment in Urban & Region Planning (URP) and Ethnic & Women’s Studies (EWS) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He’s the first Chicano tenure-track faculty in 50 years at URP. 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 other scholarly publications, he’s the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm. 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). He holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley—one of the first Chicanos to do so. He also holds an M.A. in urban planning and a B.A. in history—both from UCLA.