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Eric Avila


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Contact Information

Email    EAVILA@UCLA.EDU
Office  7375 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-9106
Eric Avila is an urban cultural historian, studying the intersections of racial identity, urban space, and cultural representation in twentieth century America.

He began his undergraduate education at UC Berkeley in 1986 and left that institution with a Ph.D. in History in 1997, writing his dissertation under the supervision of Professor Lawrence Levine. Since 1997, he has taught Chicano Studies and History at UCLA. and holds an affiliation with the Department of Urban Planning. 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 latest book, "The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City," was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2014.

Avila also holds joint appointments as Professor of Chicano Studies and Urban Planning at UCLA

Degrees

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

Awards

Faculty Development Grant, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, 2009-2010.

Visting Fellow, Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, 2007-2008.

Warren Fellowship, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2004-2005.

Donald J. Pfluger Local History Award, Historical Society of Southern California, 2006.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2000.

Selected Publications

Books




"The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City," (University of Minnesota Press, 2014)



Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles, (University of California Press, 2004)
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Noriega, Chon, Avila, Eric, Sandoval, Chela, Pérez Torres, and Dávalos, Mary Karen, The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970-2000, (Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, 2001).


Articles, Review Essays & Book Chapters

“Essaying Los Angeles,” Cambridge Companion to Los Angeles (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

“Social Flashpoints,” in Blackwell Companion to the History of Los Angeles (Blackwell Publishing, 2009).

“Race, Culture, Politics and Urban Renewal: An Introduction,” in Eric Avila and Mark Rose, eds., Journal of Urban History (special issue, “Race, Culture, Politics and Urban Renewal”), Vol. 35, No. 3 (March, 2009).

"Turning Structure Into Culture: Reclaiming the Freeway in San Diego's Chicano Park," in Glickman, Cook and O'Malley, eds. The Cultural Turn in U.S. History: Past, Present and Future (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

"East Side Stories: Freeways and Their Portraits in Chicano L.A.," Landscape, Vol 26, No. 1 (2007).

"Race and Ethnicity," in Karen Haltunnen, ed., Blackwell Companion to American Cultural History (Blackwell, 2007)

"Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Film Noir, Disneyland and the Cold War (Sub)Urban Imaginary," Journal of Urban History, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2005).

*Reprint, Joyce Appleby, ed., Best American History Essays, (New York: Palgrave for the Organization of American Historians, 2006).

"Revisiting the Chavez Ravine: Baseball, Urban Renewal and the Gendered Civic Culture of Postwar Los Angeles," in Alicia Gaspar de Alba, ed. Velvet Barrios: Popular Culture and Chicana/o Sexualities, (Palgrave Macmillian, 2002).

"Roundtable on the State of Chicano Studies," Aztlan: A Journal of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Fall 2002)

"Dark City: White Flight and the Urban Science Fiction Film in Postwar America," in Daniel Bernardi, ed. Classic Whiteness: Race and the Hollywood Studio System, (University of Minnesota Press, 2001).

"The Folklore of the Freeway: Space, Identity and Culture in Postwar Los Angeles," in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Spring 1998)*

*Translated into Spanish and reprinted in 'AULA 2: Architecture and Urbanism in Las Americas.'

Current Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Leadership and Student-Initiated Retention

2017 Summer Session

History of Los Angeles

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2016 Winter Quarter

New Directions in Chicana and Chicano Studies

2015 Spring Quarter

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

American Popular Culture

2014 Summer Session

History of Los Angeles

2014 Winter Quarter

Latino Metropolis: Architecture and Urbanism in Americas

Collaborative Research Seminar: American History

2013 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: History and Culture

Honors Seminars

Collaborative Research Seminar: American History

2013 Summer Session

History of Los Angeles

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies

2013 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Minority Magicians: Their Portrayal, Struggle, and Success

2013 Winter Quarter

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

American Popular Culture

2012 Summer Session

History of Los Angeles

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies

2012 Spring Quarter

Theoretical Concepts in Chicana and Chicano Studies

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

Advanced Honors Seminars

2012 Winter Quarter

Collaborative Research Seminar: American History

2011 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Collaborative Research Seminar: American History

2011 Summer Session

History of Los Angeles

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies

2011 Spring Quarter

American Popular Culture

2011 Winter Quarter

Latino Metropolis: Architecture and Urbanism in Americas

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2010 Spring Quarter

Theoretical Concepts in Chicana and Chicano Studies

Advanced Honors Seminars

Introduction to U.S. History: 20th Century

2010 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies

2009 Winter Quarter

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

2008 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: History and Culture

Honors Seminars

2007 Spring Quarter

Variable Topics in Chicana and Chicano Studies

History of Los Angeles

Topics in History: U.S.

2007 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2006 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: History and Culture

Honors Seminars

2006 Summer Session

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2006 Spring Quarter

Theoretical Concepts in Chicana and Chicano Studies

Advanced Honors Seminars

2006 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

City and Community: History of Chicana/Chicano Los Angeles, 1848 to 1945

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2005 Fall Quarter

History of Los Angeles

2004 Winter Quarter

City and Community: History of Chicana/Chicano Los Angeles, 20th Century

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2003 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: History and Culture

2003 Summer Session

History of Los Angeles

2003 Spring Quarter

City and Community: History of Chicana/Chicano Los Angeles, 1848 to 1945

History of Los Angeles

2003 Winter Quarter

Theoretical Concepts in Chicana and Chicano Studies

2002 Fall Quarter

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2002 Summer Session

Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: History and Culture

History of Los Angeles

2002 Spring Quarter

City and Community: History of Chicana/Chicano Los Angeles, 20th Century

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2002 Winter Quarter

History of Los Angeles

2001 Winter Quarter

Theoretical Concepts in Chicana and Chicano Studies

City and Community: History of Chicana/Chicano Los Angeles, 20th Century

2000 Fall Quarter

City and Community: History of Chicana/Chicano Los Angeles, 1848 to 1945

1999 Summer Session

History of Los Angeles

1999 Spring Quarter

Theoretical Concepts in Chicana and Chicano Studies

Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

1999 Winter Quarter

City and Community: History of Chicana/Chicano Los Angeles, 20th Century

1998 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Chicano Life and Culture

1998 Winter Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2016 Spring Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

CHICANO 201
New Directions in Chicana and Chicano Studies

2016 Winter Quarter

HIST 142D
American Popular Culture

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

CHICANO CM182
Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

HIST M151C
Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2006 Summer Session

2006 Winter Quarter

CHICANO C256
Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

HIST M155
History of Los Angeles

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

2011 Summer Session

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

CHICANO M183
History of Los Angeles

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

2011 Summer Session

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

CHICANO M187
Latino Metropolis: Architecture and Urbanism in Americas

2014 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST M151E
Latino Metropolis: Architecture and Urbanism in Americas

2014 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST 251B
Collaborative Research Seminar: American History

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

CHICANO 10A
Introduction to Chicana/Chicano Studies: History and Culture

2013 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Summer Session

HIST 251A
Collaborative Research Seminar: American History

2013 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

CHICANO 89
Honors Seminars

2013 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

CHICANO 191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Chicana and Chicano Studies

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

2011 Summer Session

2010 Winter Quarter

HIST 88S
Minority Magicians: Their Portrayal, Struggle, and Success

2013 Spring Quarter

CHICANO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2013 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

CHICANO M182
Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2012 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2006 Summer Session

2006 Winter Quarter

CHICANO 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

CHICANO 101
Theoretical Concepts in Chicana and Chicano Studies

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

HIST 191D
Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST 246C
Introduction to U.S. History: 20th Century

2010 Spring Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

2009 Winter Quarter

HIST 201H
Topics in History: U.S.

2007 Spring Quarter

CHICANO 97
Variable Topics in Chicana and Chicano Studies

2007 Spring Quarter

CHICANO 180
City and Community: History of Chicana/Chicano Los Angeles, 1848 to 1945

2006 Winter Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

CHICANO 182
Understanding Whiteness in American History and Culture

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

CHICANO 181
City and Community: History of Chicana/Chicano Los Angeles, 20th Century

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

HIST 164
History of Los Angeles

2003 Summer Session

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Summer Session

2002 Winter Quarter

1999 Summer Session

CHICANO 10A
Introduction to Chicano Life and Culture

1998 Fall Quarter

CHICANO 181

1998 Winter Quarter

CHICANO 182

1998 Winter Quarter

CHICANO 180

1997 Fall Quarter