Assistant Professor, History & Political Science
Dr. Gilbert Estrada is a native of Southern California. He attended LBCC and later earned a BA and MA degree from CSU Long Beach. In 2011, he earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California. An urban historian, Dr. Estrada has spent fifteen years researching the evolution of cities from Mesoamerican civic centers to contemporary global metropolises. He has many areas of specialization, including Race, Ethnicity, transportation, Urban Planning, American food production, and environmental health. He has published over a hundred articles on multiple platforms and gives frequent talks to academic and civic audiences. In 2011, he completed his dissertation, An Evil System? Planning for Environmental Health in America’s Mobile and Most Polluted Metropolis, 1959 to the Present.
Intensely multi-media in his approach, Dr. Estrada has taught multiple courses not limited to Chicano/Latino History, U.S. History, Latin American History, Urban Studies, American Studies, Environmental Studies, and Los Angeles History. For nine years Dr. Estrada has taught thousands of college students including undergraduates at U.C. Irvine, Loyola Marymount University, and USC. Dr. Estrada is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Long Beach City College. He teaches Latin America and U.S. History courses and will inaugurate new courses in Chicana/o History, Latina/o History, Environmental History, and Latin American Revolutions. He enjoys art, music, animals, swimming, hiking, and social justice.