Fernando Guerra

Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies and Director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles

  • Los Angeles CA UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts



Fernando J. Guerra, professor of political science and chicana/o latina/o studies, is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at LMU. His area of scholarly work is in local governance, urban politics, and racial and ethnic politics. Dr. Guerra has been a principal investigator in over 20 major studies on Los Angeles, leadership studies and electoral politics. He is also the principal investigator for the largest general social survey in the Los Angeles region.

Dr. Guerra has served on standing commissions, blue ribbon committees, and ad hoc task forces for the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and regional bodies in Southern California. He is a source for the media at the local, national, and international level and has been cited and interviewed by The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, KCAL9, KCBS, PBS News Hour, KPCC Radio, La Opinión, The San Jose Mercury News, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Business Week, The Economist, The Guardian and other media outlets in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.


University of Michigan


Political Science

University of Michigan


Political Science

University of Southern California


Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Expertise

Political Science
Chicana/o Latina/o Studies
Electoral Politics
Public Opinion Research
Los Angeles Politics
California Politics

Industry Expertise

Government Relations


  • English
  • Spanish

Media Appearances

What new signature requirements will mean for future California state ballot initiatives

KPCC 89.3  radio


In the state of California, the number of signatures required to qualify a measure for the ballot is based on the number of votes cast in the gubernatorial race. The rise in signature requirements will make efforts to qualify future propositions more expensive.

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Challenger Alex Villanueva widens lead over incumbent Jim Mc Donnell in race for LA County Sheriff

Los Angeles Times  print


Loyola Marymount University exit poll found Villanueva bested McDonnell in demographic categories such as younger voters, women, people of color, Spanish-speakers, liberals, moderates, and people who earn less than $100,000 annually.

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Gavin Newsom Elected Governor of California

KQED News  online


Fernando Guerra was quoted by KQED News for his remark that a race between Antonio Villaraigosa and Gavin Newsom would have been more exciting, rather than a race against John Cox.

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Some data for Garcetti to know before selecting next LAPD chief

LA Observed

Guerra, Fernando J.


Dr. Guerra discusses Angelenos' public opinion of the Los Angeles Police Department in the last couple of decades and how these perceptions should be considered when appointing the next LAPD Chief.

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Los Angeles: The Perfect Non-Campaign: The Election of a Hipster Mayor


Guerra, Fernando J., Gilbert, Brianne.


Chapter in "Local politics and mayoral elections in 21st century America : the keys to city hall" edited by Sean D. Foreman, Marcia L. Godwin.

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Why California Matters: How California Latinos Influence the Presidential Election

University of Notre Dame Press

Guerra, Fernando J., Barreto, Matt, Ramirez, Ricardo, Fraga, Luis.


Chapter on Latino voters in California as part of the volume titled" Beyond the Barrio: Latinos in the 2004 Elections"
Edited by Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Louis DeSipio, and David L. Leal

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