Alfredo Carlos is a Faculty member in the departments of Political Science and Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. His interests revolve around understanding the nature of inequality in the U.S. and through praxis, organizing alternative economies that empower working communities, especially those of color. His particular specialization is in political economy with a focus in economic democracy, which consists in part of worker ownership, workplace and community democracy.
He is also the founder and director for the Long Beach based Foundation for Economic Democracy that seeks to work towards a Long Beach and Los Angeles harbor area that promotes the expansion of an economy that is rooted in people over profits. The Foundation's mission is to create democratically governed community projects and worker owned businesses where workers, their families and their communities can all thrive and live with dignity.
Dr. Carlos was born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico and grew up in the Harbor Area of Los Angeles in a working class immigrant community. As immigrants he and his family, like many other immigrants and working people lived in a barrio experiencing life as people who were working poor. This experience of living in poverty has come to influence and to a large extent define his work as a scholar, an activist, a mentor and a father. Even though his parents worked very hard and long hours, they barely scraped by. As a kid growing up in poverty he did not understand the discrepancy between the story of the American Dream and the reality of poverty for most of the people in his community. He dedicates all of his work in all of its aspects to improving the quality of life for working people, people of color and developing other young critical scholars who challenge the systems and structures that create misery in our society for working people.
He is a proud product of California public school systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine where he specialized in the fields of Political Economy, Political theory, 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 his B.A. is in History and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2013-14, he was a University of California President's Dissertation Year Fellow as well as a Q. A. Shaw McKean, Jr. Fellow with the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.
Political Economy, Urban Politics, Inequality, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Mexican, Chicano and Latin American Politics, Immigration, Social Movements, Labor Politics, Economic Democracy, Democratic Theory, Politics of Development, Revolutions, Politics in Entertainment Media and Culture.