Juan De Lara

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
E-mail: jdelara@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1767
Office: KAP 462



  • B.A. Sociology and Labor Studies, Pitzer College, 5/1996
  • M.A. Urban Planning, UCLA, 5/2000
  • Ph.D. Geography, UC Berkeley, 12/2009

  • Postdoctoral Training

    • Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Southern California, 01/2010-08/2011  

    Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 2011-2012   
    Non-Tenure Track Appointments
    • Program Director, Ontario Community Studies Program, Pitzer College, 08/1999-07/2001  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    My research interests include: social justice and social movements, the political economy of uneven development, urbanization, race and ethnicity, labor, California and the American West, Los Angeles, and the U.S./Mexico border.

    Conferences and Other Presentations

    Conference Presentations
    • "Has Geography Abandoned US? Counting the Bodies, Naming Names and Revisiting Race in the Discipline.", Association of American Geographers, Roundtable/Panel, New York, Invited, Spring 2012   
    • "Measuring Movement Building: Defining Metrics that Matter", From the Ashes: The 1992 Civil Unrest and the Rise of Social Movement Organizing, Roundtable/Panel, University of Southern California, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Invited, Spring 2012   
    • "Subprime Spaces: Southern California’s New Geography of Race and Class", The Invisible Crisis, Foreclosures in California, Talk/Oral Presentation, Riverside, CA, University of California, Riverside, Invited, Spring 2012   
    • "City of Quartz at 20: The View from Past Futures.", Association of American Geographers, Roundtable/Panel, Spring 2011   
    • "Commodity Flows and the Production of Metropolitan Inequality: The Case of Southern California.", Association of American Geographers, Paper Presentation, Seattle, Spring 2011   
    • "Moving the Goods: The Inland Empire Logistics Industry.", Getting the Goods Conference, University of California Riverside, Talk/Oral Presentation, Invited, Fall 2008   
    • "Spaces of Circulation: Finance Capital, Housing, and the Goods Movement Industry in LA’s Urban Fringe.", Association of American Geographers, Talk/Oral Presentation, Spring 2008   
    • "A Life of Leisure: Mapping Development in the Palm Springs Valley.", American Association of Geographers, Talk/Oral Presentation, Spring 2007   

    Other Presentations
    • "California's Inland Empire: A Land of Contradictions", Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellows Meeting, Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation , Corona, CA, Spring 2012   
    • "Hidden Landscapes of Circulation: Labor and Environmental Justice in the Inland Empire.", Faculty Colloquia, California State University, San Bernardino, Fall 2008   


    Book Chapter
    • De Lara, J. D. (2012). Goods Movement and Metropolitan Inequality. Cities, Regions and Flows pp. 75-91. London and New York: Routledge.

    Grant Report
    • Pastor, M., Delara, J. D., Scoggins, J. (2011). All Together Now? African Americans, Immigrants, and the Future of California. Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

    Journal Article
    • De Lara, J. D. (2012). Post City of Quartz Los Angeles. Human Geography. Vol. 5 (3)

    Honors and Awards

    • Fellow, Institute for the Study of Social Change, UC Berkeley, 9/2005-5/2007  
    • Rhodes Scholar, 1995-1996   
    • McNair Scholar, U.S. Department of Education, 1994-1995   
    • American Sociological Association, MOST Fellow, 1993-1994   

  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534