Alfredo Huante

Alfredo Huante

Alfredo Huante

Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Scholar


Dr. Alfredo Huante is a 2020-2021 UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. In his first book manuscript, Alfredo examines how racial formation is central to gentrification discussion and debates. In majority minority places experiencing gentrification, like barrios, race and racism are often overlooked or minimized as part of these processes. This book argues that conceptualizing gentrification as a racial project is necessary to understand how policies and practices advancing gentrification maintain and advance racism. Drawing on archival, ethnographic, and interview data collected in and about the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, Alfredo reveals how race and racism adapt to maintain racial inequality even as neighborhoods- and cities- become more racially diverse.

Previously, Alfredo held a position as a postdoctoral research fellow under the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) at the University of Denver. In addition to a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Southern California, Alfredo also holds a master’s in urban planning from UCLA. He is also a proud community college transfer student from Los Angeles Harbor College.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Southern California
  • M.A., Urban Planning, UCLA
  • B.A., International Development Studies, UCLA


  • Gentrification
  • Critical Theories of Race/Racism
  • Barrio Studies
  • Latina/o/x/e Los Angeles

Selected Publications

  • Huante, Alfredo. 2019. “A Lighter Shade of Brown? Racial Formation and Gentrification in Latino Los Angeles,” Social Problems. Online first. Refereed.
    • *Winner of the American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities James E. Blackwell Graduate Student Paper Award, 2019.
    • *Winner of the American Sociological Association Latina/o Sociology Section Distinguished Contribution to Research Award, 2020.  
  • Huante, Alfredo. Review of Gentrifier by John Joe Schlictman, Jason Patch, and Marc Lamont Hill. University of Toronto Press. City & Community, September 2018, Vol.17(3).
  • Huante, Alfredo. July 10, 2018. “Is Boyle Heights ‘Worth Saving?’: The History of Gentrification in an Immigrant Gateway.” Boom California. University of California Press. Refereed.
  • Huante, Alfredo and Kimberly Miranda. 2019. “What’s at Stake in Contemporary Anti-Gentrification Movements?” Society and Space (Open Site), February.