Prof Alvarez

Office: Humanities 212-C
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Pablo Alvarez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Dr. Alvarez (he/him/él) came to academia as a first-generation college student, activist, and as a Chicanx queer community scholar. His own understanding of pedagogy and research is influenced by scholars, colleagues, and mentors who root their practices in social justice. His academic career manifested through student activism and through resources and programs developed to support underrepresented communities in academia such as the McNair Scholars Program. 

Dr. Alvarez’s scholarship and research are grounded in activism and collaborations that unearth the legacies of Latinx and Chicanx AIDS queer ancestry through literature, photography, documentary, and film. Dr. Alvarez is rooted in a consciousness of intersectionality and access. He believes in interdisciplinary methodologies and coalition practices that fuel access to education. Dr. Alvarez has taught courses in Feminist Theory, U.S. Women of Color Feminism, Intersectionality, Race and Ethnicity, Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies, and Masculinities with an Indigenous, queer of color, and gender non-conforming focus. He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and received his M.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from Cal State Northridge. His work can be found in Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming out (2014), AIDS and the Distribution of Crises (2020), and in Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles (2021). He is a participant of Writers at Work Los Angeles and is committed to unearthing and archiving stories of the impact of AIDS in Los Angeles. 



2020    Ph.D. Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University

2009    M.A. Chicana and Chicano Studies, Cal State Northridge

2001    B.A. English and Human Development, Cal State Long Beach


Cultural Studies, Chicanx Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, U.S. Women of Color Feminisms, Activism and Social Protest, AIDS, Oral History, Visual Culture, Queer of Color Archives, Queer Theory and Queer of Color Critique


“Costa Azul, Playas de Tijuana,” “Letter and Poem to Luis Alfaro,” & “The Decline of the Body: Death and Spirituality” in Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles. Ed. Brian Getnick. Co-Published by Native Strategies and the Live Art Development Agency. 2021


“Dispatches from the Pasts/Memories of AIDS: A Dialogue between Cecilia Aldarondo, Roger Hallas, Pablo Alvarez, Jim Hubbard, and Dredge Byung’chu Kang-Nguyen, with an introduction by Jih-Fei Cheng” in AIDS and The Distribution of Crises. Ed. Jih-Fei Cheng, Alexandra Juhasz & Nishant Shahani. Duke University Press. 2020


“Gil Cuadros’s AZT-Land: Documenting A Queer Chicano Literary Heritage” in Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming out. Ed. Adeliada Del Castillo & Gibran Guido. Cognella Academic. 2014