Dr. Enrique M. Buelna
Enrique M. Buelna, PhD
Office: HASS Division, Room 434C
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1989, and my Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1993. As a student in the MPA program, I was also awarded the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
In the year following the completion of the MPA, I joined a local campaign for the Metropolitan King County Council and worked as a full-time staffer for the newly elected councilmember.
In 1995, my family and I returned to Los Angeles where I worked as a regional organizer for a local political campaign and later as a field deputy for Congressmember Xavier Becerra. Finally, in 2005, I was hired as full-time faculty member in the history department at Cabrillo College and, two years later, I earned my doctorate degree from the University of California, Irvine.
My dissertation examines Mexican American labor activism in Southern California through the life of Ralph Cuaron, a member of the Communist Party, USA and an activist in the Congress of Industrial Organizations. He and his family would become important activists during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The title of my dissertation is Resistance from the Margins: Mexican American Radical Activism in Los Angeles, 1930-1970.
It is a
privilege to work at Cabrillo College. Teaching bestows upon me an opportunity
to share my enthusiasm for history. It
is my passion to inspire students to greatness and to give them an appreciation
for the complexity of historical knowledge.