Biography of Dr. Fernando J. Guerra, Ph.D.
Fernando J. Guerra is Director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Guerra served as Assistant to the President for Faculty Resources from 1992-96. He is a Professor of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies, and has served as Chairman of the Chicana/o Studies Department, Director of the American Cultures program, and Director of the Summer in Mexico program. He has been on the faculty at Loyola Marymount University since 1984.
Dr. Guerra earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He earned his B.A. in International Relations, with a University Certificate in Latin American Studies, from the University of Southern California in 1980. Dr. Guerra was born and raised in the Northeast section of Los Angeles where he attended Franklin High School. He is currently a resident of the City of Los Angeles.
Dr. Guerra has written numerous scholarly articles and has also contributed to popular publications. His area of scholarly work is in state and local governance and urban and ethnic politics. He is currently working on a book on the political empowerment of Latinos in California.
Dr. Guerra has also served as a source for the mass media. He has been quoted in approximately 500 news stories by over twenty publications including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, La Opinión, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Business Week, The Economist, and media outlets in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He has appeared on CNN, NBC’s Today Show, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Fox National News, and numerous local television news/public affairs shows, including Life and Times, where he also served as an occasional co-host.
Dr. Guerra serves as a Gubernatorial appointee to the California Historical Resources Commission and previously served on the Blue Ribbon Committee on the Marine Life Protection Act. Locally, he served as a Mayoral appointee to the Board of Transportation Commission and on the Board of Rent Adjustment Commission for the City of Los Angeles. Dr. Guerra has served as a board member of various non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, such as Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), The Tidings, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), and the Center for Non-Profit Management among others. He has been an active member of professional organizations, such as the American Political Science Association, the Western Political Science Association, and the National Association for Chicano Studies. He has served on the Executive Council of the WPSA and the Executive Council of the Urban Section of the APSA as well as serving on other APSA committees. Dr. Guerra has delivered public lectures at Harvard University; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Southern California; University of California, Los Angeles; and other universities.