Luis Alvarez

Luis Alvarez

Luis Alvarez is an associate professor of history at the University of California, San Diego. His research and teaching interests include comparative race and ethnicity, popular culture, and social movements in the history of Chicanxs, Latinxs, African Americans, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. He is the author of The Power of the Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance during World War II (2008) and a coeditor of Another University Is Possible (2010). He is currently working on two books, "Everyday Utopia: Popular Culture and the Politics of the Possible," an investigation of pop culture and social movements in the Americas since World War II, and "Reggae Rhythms in Dignity's Diaspora," which explores the cultural politics of reggae music and globalization. He has won numerous awards for research and teaching, including the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Houston and fellowships from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, the Ford Foundation, the University of California Office of the President, and the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University.

Lectures

  • Everyday Utopia: Pop Culture, Social Movements, and the Politics of the Possible
  • Latinx Soldiering: Military Service and Ethnic Identity in World War II
  • Race and Popular Music in the 1950s
  • Race, Riots, and Violence in American History
  • The Power of the Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance during World War II
  • Toward a Comparative and Relational Chicana/o Studies