Fernando Guerra

Professor, Political Science

Professor, Chicana/o Studies

Director, Center for the Study of Los Angeles

Assistant to the President       


Phone:    (310) 338-4565
Email:     fguerra@lmu.edu 
Office:     University Hall 4119


Spring 2015

Class Schedule:

POLS  398      SS: Comparative Urban Cultures           T          7:15-9:00 PM              UNH 4100     

POLS  435      Politics of California                               T          7:15-9:00 PM              UNH 4110     

POLS 436       Politics of Los Angeles                           T          4:30-7:00 PM              UNH 1218      

Office Hours:

Tuesday 2:00-3:30 PM


Fernando J. Guerra is Director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, and Assistant to the President for Civic Engagement. Dr. Guerra also 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 has been the principal investigator for over 20 major research projects with the Center for the Study of Los Angeles funded by over five million dollars in grants and gifts.

Dr. Guerra has also served as a source for the mass media. He has been quoted in approximately 1,000 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, 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 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.