Angel Valdivia graduated from College of the Canyons in 1994 and earned his BA in Chicano Studies and Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. He worked in the private and public sectors before returning to CSUN to earn an MA in Sociology in 2003. In 2005 he earned a second MA in Sociology at UCSB. His research focused on political language and spatial formations. He excavated the Congressional Record from 2001 to 2006 that focused on Saddam Hussein, the Middle-East, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction and how the media and political figures shaped the imaginary of them.
Professor Valdivia is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Sociology at UCSB. He is conducting a social-historical excavation of Panorama City, his home town. His research focuses on the question, "How is knowledge historically constituted and spatially situated?" His research technique allows him to not only dig into the historical processes to observe how people interact with each other, but adds an under developed idea in sociology, the question and role of spatial formations in human interaction.
Angel has recently been contemplating attending Law School to focus on land issues and or international trade (economic globalization). But Law School has to wait until he finishes the Ph.D.!