Assistant Professor, UCLA - Department of Urban Planning
Jose Loya is an Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and faculty affiliate with the Chicano Studies Research Center. His research addresses Latino issues in urban areas by connecting ethno-racial inequality and contextual forces at the neighborhood, metropolitan, and national levels. His research discusses several topics related to stratification in homeownership, including ethno-racial, gender, and Latino disparities in mortgage access. Jose received his PhD. at the University of Pennsylvania in Sociology and holds a master’s degree in Statistics from the Wharton School of Business at Penn. Prior to graduate school, Jose worked for several years in community development and affordable housing in South Florida. His work focused on developing financial empowerment programs for low- and moderate-income families. In addition, he has extensive experience developing and coordinating evaluation tools for non-profit organizations. Finally, Jose has worked on policy briefs and recommendations related to affordable housing, the earned income tax credit, and the section 8 voucher program at the state and federal level. When he is not working with students, Jose is a basketball enthusiast and a newcomer to hiking. Because Jose recently moved back to Los Angeles, you can catch him exploring different neighborhoods throughout the city and eating at their local food trucks and food stands.