Alfredo Carlos is a Faculty member in the departments of Political Science and Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. His interests revolve around understanding the nature of inequality in the U.S. and through praxis, organizing alternative economies that empower working communities especially those of color. His particularly specialization is in political economy with a focus in economic democracy, which consists in part of worker ownership, workplace and community democracy.
He is also the founder and director for the Long Beach based Foundation for Economic Democracy that seeks to work towards an Los Angeles that promotes the expansion of an economy that is rooted in people over profits. The Foundation’s mission is to create democratically governed community projects and worker owned businesses where workers, their families and their communities can all thrive and live with dignity.
He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine where he specialized in the fields of American Politics (Racial and Urban Politics) and Political Theory (Political Economy). He earned his M.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach with a focus in Comparative Politics and International Relations and his B.A. is in History and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2013-14, he was a University of California President’s Dissertation Year Fellow as well as a Q. A. Shaw McKean, Jr. Fellow with the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.