Dr. Jorge N. Leal is an urban and cultural historian whose research focuses on how youth culture producers and participants have reshaped the urban space in transnational Latina/o communities within and beyond South East Los Angeles (S.E.L.A.)
Leal first wrote about the S.E.L.A. communities as a journalist assigned to cover Los Angeles politics and Latina/o culture for publications in Southern California, Mexico, and Spain. Professor Leal holds a Masters in History from CSUN and he is currently a Ph.D candidate in the History Department at UC San Diego. Leal is a publicly engaged scholar who curates The Rock Archivo LÁ, an online repository that collects, shares, and examines youth cultures ephemera.
Leal teaches courses on urban history, race, gender, and culture as a lecturer for the CSUN Department of History.

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