Eric Avila

AREAS OF INTEREST

Ethnic Communities—Latino American
Los Angeles/Southern California

RECENT BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

Dark City: White Flight and the Urban Science Fiction Film in Postwar America
Avila, Eric, 2001, "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).
Revisiting the Chavez Ravine: Baseball, Urban Renewal and the Gendered Civic Culture of Postwar Los Angeles
Avila, Eric, 2002, "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, December), pp.125-139.
The Folklore of the Freeway: Space, Identity and Culture in Postwar Los Angeles
Avila, Eric, 1998, "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), pp. 15-31.
Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies, History and Urban Planning
Urban Planning
Ph.D., History, UC Berkeley
(310) 825-9106

Eric Avila received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of California at Berkeley.   Since 1997, he has taught Chicano Studies and History at U.C.L.A. and was promoted to associate professor in 2004.  

Avila 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 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 ten best articles in American history written between the summers of 2004 and 2005.   He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, where he began research for a second book project, entitled, The Folklore of the Freeway: A Cultural History of Highway Construction.

Eric Avila

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Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies, History and Urban Planning
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Ph.D., History, UC Berkeley
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Eric Avila received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of California at Berkeley.   Since 1997, he has taught Chicano Studies and History at U.C.L.A. and was promoted to associate professor in 2004.  

Avila 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 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 ten best articles in American history written between the summers of 2004 and 2005.   He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, where he began research for a second book project, entitled, The Folklore of the Freeway: A Cultural History of Highway Construction.

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