Linda Alvarez joined the Central American Studies Program as a part-time faculty in the Fall of 2010.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Linda Alvarez earned a B.A. in Spanish Language and Culture from California State University, Northridge. From there she went on to complete an M.A. in Latin American Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, as well as an M.A. in International Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. Professor Alvarez's scholarly interests include Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Comparative Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Social Movements and the Politics of Food. Her current research focuses on political knowledge and transnational political engagement among underrepresented groups in Central America America and the United States.