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Huerta's research focuses on the intersecting domains of community & economic development, Chicana/o & Latina/o studies, immigration & Mexican diaspora, social movements, social networks, and the informal economy. Overarching themes in Huerta's writings include public policy, (re)framing and racial/class (in)equality. Huerta serves in many capacities regarding civic engagement activities, from being a public intellectual to working directly with grassroots groups.
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Examines a wide range of issues that affect people of color in America today, covering education, employment, health, and immigration. Enables students to better understand the experiences of of racial and ethnic minorities as well as current social issues and policy.
Asks readers to reassess critical political and cultural issues unfolding along the U.S./Mexico border. Provides a ground-up view of the most pressing issues facing a nation of immigrants.
Details a successful fight for environmental justice in South Gate, which focuses on a proposed 550-megawatt power plant.
Discusses one of the most dynamic grassroots campaigns by Latino immigrants in recent history and the creation of the Association of Latin American Gardeners of Los Angeles.
Seeks to provide a more holistic picture of the dynamic workforce of paid gardeners. Documents how this industry operates and its social organization. Demonstrates how a select group of self-employed, Mexican gardeners function as petty-entrepreneurs, benefiting in the informal economy by successfully utilizing their social capital.