Luis Leobardo Arroyo, Ph.D.

Luis Leobardo Arroyo, Ph.D.

Picture of Luis Arroyo California State University, Long Beach
Chicano & Latino Studies Dept.

1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-1004
Tel. (562) 985-4640
Fax (562) 985-4631


Doctor Arroyo is a Professor and a former Chair (Fall 1995-Spring 2003 and Spring 2007-Spring 2010) of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach since his appointment in August 1995.

Doctor Arroyo earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He stayed on to receive a Master’s degree in Modern European and Latin American History. Wishing to become an expert in Mexican American History, he changed fields and earned a Doctorate in United States History at the University of California at Los Angeles.

He previously taught at Humboldt State University, Stanford University, the University of California at Davis and Mount St. Mary’s College. Doctor Arroyo’s teaching areas include: “History of Mexicans in the United States,” “United States Ethnic and Immigration History,” “Multi-Cultural Perspectives in United States Society,” and “United States Labor and Working Class History.”

His scholarly works include:

  • Book manuscript reviews for Oxford University Press and University of North Texas State Press.
  • Conference paper, “A Historical Perspective on Chicano Student Activism and the Plan,” University of California, Santa Barbara, March 2009.
  • Conference paper,  “Finding the Workers in the Archives: Los Angeles’ Mexicans and American Labor History,” at the Annual Meeting of the Society of California Archivists, April 2004.
  • Conference paper “(Dis)Assembling Anti-Communism in a Los Angeles CIO Local: Furniture Workers Local 576, 1941-1955,” Merl E. Reed Fellowship in Southern Labor History Talk, Southern Labor Archives, Pullen Library, Georgia State University, October 2003.
  • Conference paper “Seeking Entry into the House of Labor: Japanese and Mexican Workers’ Politics of Inclusion, Los Angeles, 1890-1933,” at the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education Conference, Queen Mary, Long Beach, April 2003.
  • Conference paper “Race, Work, & Place: Mexican Identities in Los Angeles, 1900-1930” at the conference “Race and Place in the Americas,” sponsored by the Department of History, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, March 2003.
  • An article, “Establishing Articulation Agreements for Transferable Matriculated Courses in Chicana/Chicano Studies” in Chicana/o Studies Paradigms: A Journal of Alternative Voices. Special Issue: Chicana/o Studies: An Academic Odyssey I,1 (Spring 2000): 107-115.
  • A co-edited, special thematic issue on “Chicano & Latino Workers”, Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 22, 1 (1996).
  • A working paper, “Power and Place: Re-Shaping Mexican Identities in Los Angeles, 1900-1930,” (East Lansing, Michigan: Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, 1996).
  • A co-authored, “Preface” and “Introduction” to Brief History of Cinco de Mayo, edited by Roberto Cabello-Argandoña. Encino, Ca.: Floricanto Press, 1993: 1725.
  • An entry, “Hispanic Americans,” in Encyclopedia of Social History, edited by Peter N. Stearns, et al. (New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1993): 321-322.

His research interests focus on:

  • Celebrations and commemorations of holidays (e.g. “Cinco de Mayo” and “St. Patrick’s Day”) in the construction and transformation of ethnic and national identities.
  • The perceptions and behavior of white workers toward Mexican, Black, Asian, and Southeastern European workers, 1890-1933.
  • The incorporation of Mexican & Latino workers into American industries, 1850 to present Industrial unionism and the Los Angeles furniture industry, 1918 to present.
  • Changing definitions and perceptions of ethnic identity among persons of Mexican descent.
  • He will take a sabbatical leave during Fall semester 2002, to gather additional research for a book tentatively entitled: “Work and Power in the Los Angeles Furniture Industry, 1917-1975: A Study in Class, Culture, Ethnicity, Race, Ideology, and Politics.”

His service activities include:

  • Faculty Advisor to La Raza Student Association, CSULB (2009-2011).
  • Faculty Sponsor for CSU Forgivable Loan Program/Doctoral Incentive Program.
  • Member, CSU Academic Senate & CSULB campus Academic Senate (2003-2009).
  • Member, Campus Advisory Committee to Board of Trustees Presidential
  • Search Committee for California State University, Long Beach (2005-2006)
  • External Review of Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Academic Programs at CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Northridge, CSU San Francisco.
  • Career Day Speaker, Garfield Elementary School, Cubberley School, Franklin Classical Middle School, Starr King Elementary School.