Alberto López Pulido grew up along la frontera of San Diego-Tijuana where he learned a great deal about culture and tradition in a bicultural, bilingual and binational world. His greatest influences in life has been his mother and grandfather who taught him the deep values of holistic education through their modeling and consejos of becoming gente educada and believing in the value of amor al prójimo. Alberto is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Mexican American Graduate Studies Program that was established by Professor Julian Samora. Alberto has numerous publications in the area of Chicano Religions, Higher Education and Border Studies. His first book was a revisionist history of Los Hermanos Penitentes of New Mexico entitled: The Sacred World of the Penitentes and speaks of their values and legacy as a living sacred community in the history of the American Southwest. His second book entitled: Moving Beyond Borders is an edited volume that examines the intellectual life of Julian Samora and his impact on Chicano Studies. It speaks to the history of Chicano Studies in higher education and to the strategies and challenges of an intellectual pioneer and first Chicano Sociologist in the nation.
Alberto is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker with his directorial debut of Everything Comes From the Streets – A History of Lowriding in San Diego California and the borderlands. Everything Comes From the Streets was awarded First place @ the Barrio Film Festival and a distinguished Remi Award @ WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival. The documentary also premiered @ Cine+Mas Film Festival in San Francisco, CineFestival, San Antonio; Watsonville Film Festival ; and Ethnografilm International Film Festival, Paris, France. It secured two television Broadcasts: KPBS, San Diego, and KQED “Truly California” Series– San Francisco. Alberto has come to recognize the inherent value of contemplative practices within an ethnic studies pedagogy that empower the stories and lives of students of color in higher education along with the knowledge and truths that arise from the community from where these students come from. He continues to present and publish on this critical topic.
Alberto is currently working on a book and related articles that examine the evolution of community knowledge and expressions as a form of preservation and resistance in the history of Chicano Park in the historic barrio of Logan Heights. He is founding chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego.