George Villanueva PhD

Associate Professor of Advocacy & Social Change
School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago


I am an engaged scholar who is interested in how marginalized communities of color survive the material realities of structural oppression that have been reproduced along the intersectional experiences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. To this end, I study the role that communication, media, activism, and expressive culture play in place-based advocacy and social change goals of marginalized communities of color in cities. I value this social justice-oriented research because it reveals how marginalized groups collectively reimagine their cities toward a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive future. These research interests in the performative context of multiracial and multiethnic urban community transformations have led me to employ interdisciplinary approaches and qualitative methods that are critically grounded in communication, cultural anthropology, and sociological frameworks.



I received a BA in Black Studies and History from University of California at Santa Barbara; a MSC  in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a PhD in Communication with a Graduate Certificate in Visual Anthropology from University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Department of Anthropology.   


I live in Albany Park, Chicago. Originally, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, in the intersecting neighborhoods of East Hollywood, Koreatown, and Historic Filipinotown. Spun from the Filipinx Diaspora, I crave tortang talong, white rice, tacos carne asada, kimchi soondubu jjigae and crinkle cut fries (all at the same time) just about every minute of the day.