Abel Valenzuela, Jr.

Abel Valenzuela, Jr. is Professor of Urban Planning and Chicano Studies and Director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Urban Poverty.  Professor Valenzuela is one of the leading national experts on day labor (mostly immigrant men who solicit temporary daily work in open air markets such as street corners, empty parking lots, and store fronts) and has published numerous articles and technical reports on the subject.  His academic base is urban sociology and planning.  In addition to the topic of day labor, he has published numerous articles on immigrant settlement, labor market outcomes, urban poverty and inequality, including co-editing (with Lawrence Bobo, Melvin Oliver, and Jim Johnson) Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2000, Immigration and Crime: Race, Ethnicity, and Violence (with Ramiro Martinez Jr.).  He has also published in American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Annual Review of Sociology, New England Journal of Public Policy, Working USA: a Journal of Labor and Society, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and Regional Studies.  He is currently under contract with the Russell Sage Foundation to publish his recent work on the social and labor market processes of day laborers.  Dr. Valenzuela earned his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.C.P. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was born and raised in Los Angeles.