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Laura Pulido

Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2426
Office: KAP 448e



Ph.D. , University of California, Los Angeles

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Pulido researches race, political activism, Chicana/o Studies, critical human geography, and Los Angeles. She studies how various groups experience racial and class oppression, how these experiences differ among particular communities of color, and how they mobilize to create a more socially-just world. Asking such questions, Professor Pulido has done extensive work in the field of environmental justice, social movements, labor studies, and radical tourism. Currently, she is working on several projects. First, she is exploring Latina/o (especially ethnic Mexicans') racial identity. In particular, she is examining how the racial identity and position of Latinas/os has varied over space and time. Second, she is exploring the idea of regional political cultures. Specifically, she is examining how state domination has evolved over the centuries in Los Angeles and how it has varied with regimes of accumulation. Lastly, she actively seeks to create a more fair and transparent tenure process at USC.

Research Keywords

Race, Political Activism, Chicana/o Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Critical Human Geography, Los Angeles,

Research Specialties

(Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1991) Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity


Book Chapter

Pulido, L. (2008). "FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions on Being a Scholar/Activist.". Engaging Contradictions: Activist Scholarship pp. 341-366. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.


Lloyd, d., Pulido, l. (2010). In the Long Shadow of the Settler: On Israeli and U.S. Colonialisms. (Pulido, Laura, Ed.). pp. 759-809. American Quarterly.

Journal Article

Pulido, L. (2000). Rethinking Environmental Racism: White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Vol. 90 (1), pp. 12-40.

Honors and Awards

Carey McWilliams Award, California Studies Association , 2012-2013   
Presidential Achievement Award, Association of American Geographers, 2011-2012   
Winner, Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award, "Black, Brown, Yellow and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles" , 2007-2008   
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, Award for book, "Black, Brown, Yellow and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles", 2007-2008   
Meridian Book Award, Outstanding Scholarly Book in Geography, "Black, Brown, Yellow and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles" Association of American Geographers, 2006-2007   
The Hilldale Lecture, University of Wisconsin , 2006-2007   
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