Alejandro Prado

Graduate Student


Cultural Political Economy; Labor; Foodways; Urban Studies; Internationalism; Marxism; China; Spatial Mestizaje


BA in Anthropology, UC Riverside

BA in Chicana/o Studies, UC Riverside

MA in Chicana/o Studies, UC Santa Barbara


Alejandro calls the San Gabriel Valley home, a region where he first felt racialized power imbalances and a transversal cultural upbringing. This experience has shaped his dissertation project which looks at the dialectic relationship between capital and labor in the contemporary global San Gabriel Valley. Specifically, he looks at how Chinese transnational capital shapes this region, investigates Latinx immigrant labor in the restaurant industry, studies the role of local government entities in this exchange, and documents the historic and contemporary sites of inter-ethnic solidarity.


Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow - April 2021

2021 NACCS Frederick A. Cervantes Student Premio - Tracking China-Chicanx Studies: A Historical and Contemporary Analysis of China and Chicanx/Latinx Populations - January 2021

Cesar Chavez Predoctoral Fellowship (Finalist) - January 2021

Dissertation Write-In Grant - September 2020 Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies Research Fellow - July 2020

Graduate Division Multidisciplinary Research on the Coronavirus and its Impact Grant - July 2020

Chicano Studies Institute Dissertation Grant - June 2020



Prado, Alejandro. "The War on Terror Paradigm and Contemporary Civil Uprising." 21 Century Global Dynamics, Vol. 13, Issue 63, 2020,

“Del nacionalismo cultural a la justicia alimentaria: “Zines” y la sostenibilidad alimentaria en el jardín urbano del barrio South Central en Los Ángeles, California, 1992-Presente.” V Coloquio Internacional Gestión e industrias culturales de latinos en los Estados Unidos y sus espacios transnacionales. Havana, Cuba. October 15, 2019.



CHST 168F: Racism in American History