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Julio Angel Alicea

Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Schooling, University of California, Los Angeles

Julio Angel Alicea is an urban sociologist who studies the racial politics of urban communities. A former public school teacher, he has most recently taught college courses in Chicano/a and Central American Studies, Education, and Community Development. He is currently an MPP/PhD Candidate at UCLA and a Doctoral Researcher at the Center for the Transformation of Schools. He also holds an MAT in Social Studies from Brown University and a BA in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College.


  • 2019–present
    Doctoral Researcher , Center for the Transformation of Schools
  • 2020–present
    Teaching Associate, UCLA Chicana/o & Central American Studies Department
  • 2018–present
    PhD Candidate, UCLA School of Education & Information Studies
  • 2016–2018
    Adjunct Professor, Roger Williams University Community Development Program


  • 2022 
    UCLA , MPP, Public Policy
  • 2014 
    Brown University, MAT, Social Studies
  • 2013 
    Swarthmore College, BA, Sociology & Anthropology


  • 2021
    Teaching in the Hood About the Hood: A Case Study of Teachers in South Central Los Angeles, Urban Education
  • 2021
    The Role of Education in Reducing Racial Inequality: Possibilities for Change (Book Chapter w/ Pedro Noguera), Handbook of Urban Education
  • 2020
    Structural racism and the urban geography of education (w/Pedro Noguera), Phi Delta Kappan
  • 2020
    “Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco by Savannah Shange” (Book Review), Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography
  • 2020
    “Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America by Brett Story” (Book Review), American Association of Geography Review of Books
  • 2019
    “Ghosts in the School Yard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve Ewing” (Book Review), Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • The Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Pacific Sociological Association
  • California Sociological Association