Alfredo Carlos, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
 Labor Studies
(310) 243-3218

Contact Preference: Email

Areas of Expertise

Political Economy, Labor Politics, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Latino Politics, Immigration, Economic Democracy, Labor and Social Movements, Media and Politics

Professional Background

Dr. Carlos is the Founder and Director of the Foundation for Economic Democracy, an organization that promotes democratic worker ownership of businesses and community ownership of land and housing.

He grew up in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor area in an immigrant, workingclass family and community, which has informed his education and given him purpose to struggle for economic and racial justice in solidarity with working people trying to live with dignity.

He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine where he specialized in the fields of Political Economy, and American Racial and Urban Politics. He earned his M.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach with a focus in Comparative Politics and International Relations and has a B.A. is in History and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He is the co-author of The Latino Question (Pluto, 2018), which was named “Best Book in Latino Politics” in 2019 by the American Political Science Association.


English, Spanish


Ph.D., Political Science, UC Irvine

M.A., Political Science, CSU Long Beach

B.A., History and Chicano Studies, UC Santa Barbara

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