Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, José Ángel Alonso earned his bachelor's degrees in English Studies and Italian Studies from Universidad de Barcelona. He also obtained his M.A. in Spanish Studies (Filología Hispánica) from Universidad de Barcelona. He was a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for two academic years in Italian and British universities: Queen's University of Belfast (2003) and Università degli Studi di Bologna (2005).
He is a Spanish instructor at College of the Canyons and Secondary Teacher at Royal High School, Simi Valley.