Eric Avila is an urban and cultural historian of twentieth-century America, emphasizing the historical intersections of racial identity, urban space, and cultural representation. Since 1997 he has taught Chicano studies and history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and also is affiliated with the university's department of urban planning. He is the author of Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles (2004) and is The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City (2014).
- Latinos and American History
- Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and the New American City
- Race and the American City after World War II