Arts & Culture, Demography & Population Studies, Mobility & Opportunity
Professor, Chicana/o Studies, History, Urban Planning
Division of Social Sciences
Dr. Eric Avila’s research interests include (1) history: 20th century, United States, urban, cultural, history of Los Angeles and the U.S. West, historiography; (2) ethnic studies: Chicana/o studies, race and racialization, spatial segregation, identity formation, ethnic communities – Latino American; and (3) architecture and urban planning: built environment studies, Los Angeles/Southern California. Avila has taught Chicana/o Studies at UCLA since 1997.
Avila’s research has won various awards and prizes, including the recent inclusion of his article, “Popular Culture in the Age of the White Flight: Film Noir Disneyland, and the Cold War (Sub)Urban Imaginary” published in the Journal of Urban History, within a new publication by the Organization of American Historians featuring the 10 best articles in American history written between the summers of 2005 and 2005. He has begun research for a book titled, “The Folklore of the Freeway: A Cultural History of Highway Construction.”