Victor Hugo Viesca is a Los Angeles native who was trained in American Studies at New York University in New York City. His teaching and scholarship draws from the fields of ethnic studies, urban studies, and cultural studies. His work has appeared in the American Quarterly, the British journal Cultural Values, and in a newly published collection of classic and contemporary writings on popular culture titled Popular Culture: A Reader (Sage, 2005). Professor Viesca is also the co-founder of the urban art and skateboard company UN SK8's which provides after-school workshops for middle school youth in Boyle Heights. Victor was recently awarded a UC President's Post-Doctoral Fellowship which he will use to revise his dissertation, “Chicana/o Youth Culture in Post-Industrial Los Angeles: Race, Space, and Migration in the Greater Eastside,” into a book.