George Villanueva George Villanueva
govillan [at] usc [dot] edu

George Villanueva pursues questions about the changing global context of community, civil society, democracy, and the city. His dissertation examines the communication and civic engagement dynamics that affect the spatial re-imagination of South L.A. as a place. He also is program, research, and civic engagement lead of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Riverfront Collaborative--an initiative intended to create sustainable economic development and civic engagement in the NELA river study area and communities. Other research interests include communication for social change, community media, phenomenology, visual anthropology, urban studies, and Philippine/ Filipino-American existences. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a double major in Black Studies and History. George received a MSc in Global Media & Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a MA in Global Communication from the USC Annenberg School for Communication, and has conducted graduate work in Visual and Urban Anthropology at Temple University. He has also worked as a Community Organizer and Field Deputy for Los Angeles City Council member Eric Garcetti, a Senior Field Representative and Research Coordinator for former CA State Assembly member Jackie Goldberg, and has worked in community program evaluation and planning for different organizations. He also is program, research, and civic engagement lead of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Riverfront Collaborative[www.mylariver.org]--an initiative intended to create sustainable economic development and civic engagement in the NELA river study area and communities. George is a native Angeleno and embraces the chaos of Los Angeles.