Central American Studies

Linda Alvarez, Ph.D.

Linda Alvarez
Assistant Professor
Office location:
Jerome Richfield 254B


Linda Alvarez received her Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University. She also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from California State University, Los Angles. Her scholarly interests revolve around exploring the ways in which underrepresented and marginalized groups interact, challenge and resist dominant structures of power. As a political scientist she works within the frameworks of comparative political behavior, political psychology, transnational migration, social movements, race and ethnic politics, food politics and the study violence and trauma among underrepresented and marginalized populations.

Her current research includes projects on the political knowledge of Central American migrants in transnational contexts; structural and symbolic violence among Central American farmworkers and slaughterhouse workers in the United States; the role of political threat on the political knowledge and learning of immigrant and African American groups in the United States; inclusivity and intragroup commonality among Afro-Latinos and African Americans in the U.S., and the examination of the role food has played in the imposition and maintenance of systems of power, as well as the resistance to such systems. 

In her spare time, Dr. Alvarez also volunteers with animal rescue groups in Los Angeles. She is committed to animal rights and food justice activism.   

Current Projects

The Garifuna and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Latinos and the Black Lives Matter Movement