Alejandro Prado

Graduate Student

Specialization

Cultural Political Economy; Labor; Foodways; Urban Studies; Internationalism; Marxism; China; Spatial Mestizaje

Education

BA in Anthropology, UC Riverside

BA in Chicana/o Studies, UC Riverside

MA in Chicana/o Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Bio

Alejandro calls the San Gabriel Valley home, a region where he first felt racialized power imbalances and a transversal cultural upbringing. This experience has shaped his dissertation project which looks at the dialectic relationship between capital and labor in the contemporary global San Gabriel Valley. Specifically, he looks at how Chinese transnational capital shapes this region, investigates Latinx immigrant labor in the restaurant industry, studies the role of local government entities in this exchange, and documents the historic and contemporary sites of inter-ethnic solidarity.

Research

“Del nacionalismo cultural a la justicia alimentaria: “Zines” y la sostenibilidad alimentaria en el jardín urbano del barrio South Central en Los Ángeles, California, 1992-Presente.” V Coloquio Internacional Gestión e industrias culturales de latinos en los Estados Unidos y sus espacios transnacionales. Havana, Cuba. October 15, 2019.

Courses

CHST 168F: Racism in American History