Armando Navarro is a political scientist and professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside. He received his AA degree in political science from Chaffey Community College in 1968; BA in political science from Claremont McKenna College in 1970; and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Riverside in 1974.
Professor Navarro is a prolific author. He has written several books that include Mexican American Youth Organization: Avant-Garde of the Chicano Movement in Texas, published by the University of Texas Press (1995); The Cristal Experiment: A Chicano Struggle for Community Control, published by the University of Wisconsin Press (1998); La Raza Unida Party: A Chicano Challenge to the U.S. Two-Party Dictatorship, published by Temple University Press (2000); Mexicano Political Experience in Occupied Aztlán: Struggles and Change, published by Alta Mira Press (2005); The Immigration Crisis: Nativism, Armed Vigilantism and the Rise of a Countervailing Movement, published by Alta Mira Press (2008); Global Capitalist Crisis and the Second Great Depression: Egalitarian Systemic Models for Change, published by Lexington Press (2012); and his most recent work, Mexicano and Latino Politics and the Quest for Self-determination: What Needs to be Done, published by Lexington Press (2015). He is currently working on his eighth book, Mexico: Emergent Global Power of the 21st Century, which will be completed by the summer of 2016.
In addition, Professor Navarro has authored numerous articles, book chapters, monographs, and reports. The topics have included Chicano/Latino politics, Chicano political history, redistricting, community organizing, social movements, immigration, education, Los Angeles Eruption (riots) of 1992, and protest mobilizations.
He has a long distinguished record of teaching excellence. His areas of teaching specialization include: Mexicano/Latino Politics, Chicano History, Chicano/Latino Contemporary Issues, Social Movements, Immigration Crisis, U.S. Politics, Global Capitalism and U.S. Economic Crisis.
Professor Navarro has a history of “organic intellectualism.” As an organizer and scholar activist for some forty-four years (1968-2012) he has dealt with a myriad of local, state, national, and international social justice, human rights, and political empowerment related issues, affecting principally Mexicanos/Latinos in the U.S. In 1992, he was hired by the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside. In 1993, he founded and was the first director of the UC Riverside-based Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center; and served as Department Chair (1998-2002).
Internationally, he has led and participated in numerous delegations to Cuba, Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela. During his travels he has delivered scores of discourses and has met with several world leaders and dignitaries. Because of his stellar scholarship, leadership, and renowned activism, Professor Navarro is recognized both nationally and internationally, and as a result has received numerous awards.