Eric Avila

Eric Avila

Professor, Chicana/o Studies, History and Urban Planning


Division of Social Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

Energy & Environment, Mobility & Opportunity, Urban Studies


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.

He is the author of Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles, published by the University of California Press in 2004. His 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 in 2005. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History where he begun research for a book titled, “The Folklore of the Freeway: A Cultural History of Highway Construction.”

Ph.D. Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, 1997

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