Professor, Urban Planning; Immediate Past Chair, UCLA Faculty Senate (In Memoriam)
Luskin School of Public Affairs
Areas of Expertise:Democracy & Civic Engagement, Demography & Population Studies, Mobility & Opportunity, Urban Studies
Leo Estrada’s areas of expertise include ethnic and racial demographic trends, particularly in the Latino population of the Southwestern United States, inner city redevelopment, and social policy analysis and research methods.
He twice has been asked to provide his knowledge on methodologies related to ethnic and racial groups to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, serving as special assistant to the chief of the Population Division and as staff assistant to the deputy director.
He has participated in numerous national studies, including an evaluation of the U.S. Standard of Live Birth for the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.
His areas of interest are (1) ethnic communities — Latino American; (2) geographic information systems; and (3) race and ethnicity. He teaches courses on planning for minority communities and Geographic Information Systems.