Dr. Adán Ávalos

Assistant Professor


Professor Ávalos earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts with a dissertation focused on Latino migrant communities and media consumption/production. His academic work, focusing on exploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s—so-called naco movies—reclaims part of Mexican film history often dismissed by conventional scholarly research. After earning a BA in Chicano Studies and Art at California State University, Fresno, Dr. Ávalos also taught studio art in public schools for five years.

Both theory and practice of art are essential to this documentary filmmaker and installation artist. Reflecting a broad range of interests and borrowing from history and criticism, his work also encompasses traditional fiber art, photography, ceramics, and printmaking. His films explore the lives of low-income Latino populations in the Central Valley of California, and his most recent documentary centers on a panadero who has baked and delivered Mexican bread to the same Latino neighborhoods for decades. In addition to moving-image making, Dr. Ávalos also recently constructed a life-sized, soft sculptural piece of the iconic Chicano vehicle, a 1961 Ford Ranchero.


  • Latin American Film
  • Film Theory
  • Mexican Cinema
  • International Cinema Survey
  • Beyond Hollywood
  • Media and Social Change

Dr. Adán Ávalos
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern California
On leave spring 2019


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