Dr. Fernando Guerra, Director

Fernando J. Guerra, professor of political science and chicana/o latina/o studies, is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at LMU. His area of scholarly work is in local governance, urban politics, and racial and ethnic politics. Dr. Guerra has been a principal investigator in over 20 major studies on Los Angeles, leadership studies and electoral politics. He is also the principal investigator for the largest general social survey in the Los Angeles region.

Dr. Guerra has served on standing commissions, blue ribbon committees, and ad hoc task forces for the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and regional bodies in Southern California. He is a source for the media at the local, national, and international level and has been cited and interviewed by The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, KCAL9, KCBS, PBS News Hour, KPCC Radio, La Opinión, The San Jose Mercury News, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Business Week, The Economist, The Guardian and other media outlets in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.



University of Michigan: Ph.D., Political Science

University of Michigan: M.A., Political Science

University of Southern California: B.A., Undergraduate Studies


Areas of Expertise

Chicana/o Latina/o Studies

Political Science

California Politics

Los Angeles Politics

Electoral Politics

Public Opinion