Curriculum Vitae

Adonia E. Lugo, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
Dissertation Title: Body-City-Machines: Human Infrastructure for Bicycling in Los Angeles
Advisors: Michael J. Montoya (chair), Julia Elyachar, Keith M. Murphy

M.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Irvine  

B.A. in Anthropology, Reed College


Urban sustainability, Human infrastructure, Latina/o urbanism, Public space, Embodiment, Community planning, Transportation justice, Public policy, Experimental ethnography.


Lecturer of the Year (California Faculty Association at California State University, Los Angeles)

Eleanor “Happy” Leacock Travel Award (Society for the Anthropology of North America) 

Young Professional of the Year (Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals)

President's Dissertation Year Fellowship (UC Irvine)

Outstanding Graduate Student Panel at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology)

Summer Research Collaborator, New Approaches to Individualization, Infrastructure, and Consumption (Intel Labs and the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at UC Irvine)

Community Scholar, Community Outreach Partnership Center (UC Irvine)

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship (UC Irvine)


Lecturer (Cal Poly Pomona): Teaching course Coalition Building for MS in Regenerative Studies.
Lecturer (California State University, Los Angeles): Taught courses Environmental Racism and Race/Ethnicity & Gender, Chicana/o Studies. 

Instructor (Antioch University Los Angeles): Teaching course Urban Infrastructure, Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability Program.

Teaching Assistant (UC Irvine): Taught discussion sections for undergradute courses in Anthropology, Sociology, and Chicana/o Studies


Borderlands and Bicycles: The Street Story of a Chicana Anthropologist [working title]. Portland, OR: Microcosm Publishing.

Maryann Aguirre, Adonia Lugo, and Allison Mattheis. “Bicycle Anthropology of Los Angeles.” In Anthropology of Los Angeles: City, Image, Politics. Eds. Jenny Banh and Melissa King. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

"Decentering Whiteness in Organized Bicycling: Notes from Inside." In Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for All? Eds. Aaron Golub, Melody Hoffmann, Adonia Lugo, and Gerardo Sandoval. New York: Routledge.

“Can Human Infrastructure Combat Green Gentrification?” In Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice. Eds. Cindy Isenhour, Melissa Checker, and Gary McDonogh. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Melody Lynn Hoffmann and Adonia Lugo, “Who is ‘World Class’? Transportation Justice and Bicycle Policy.” Urbanities, 4(1). 

“CicLAvia and Human Infrastructure in Los Angeles: Ethnographic Experiments in Equitable Bike Planning.” Journal of Transport Geography, 30. 

“How Critical Mass Built the Los Angeles Bike Movement.” In Shift Happens! Critical Mass at 20. Eds. Chris Carlsson, LisaRuth Elliott, and Adriana Camarena. San Francisco: Full Enjoyment Books. 
“Planning for Diverse Use/rs: Ethnographic Research on Bicycling in Los Angeles.” Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers, 101. 

“Repairing Bikes, Repairing the City: Supporting Latino Cyclists in Los Angeles.” AGORA: Dutch Journal for Social-Spatial Issues, 26:4. 

“(Re)Cycling the City: Biking across Lines in Los Angeles.” Anthropology News, 50:9.


“Equity Beyond Metaphor: Connecting Active Transportation and Affordability.” Report created as consultant for Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

For League of American Bicyclists (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant ID 71105)
“Who Participates in What Processes? From Groupthink to Democracy in Bicycle Policy Advocacy.”

Adonia Lugo, Elizabeth Murphy, and Carolyn Szczepanski, “The New Movement: Bike Equity Today.”

“Integrating Equity in Bike Advocacy.”

“How Ciclovías Can Unfreeze Streets and Open Them to Equitable Human Infrastructure.” 

Adonia Lugo and Naomi Doerner, “United Spokes: Together in American Streets.”


Guest lecturer in Anthropology at Brandeis University, Boston, December 1-2.

Panelist, Transportation and Communities Summit, Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University, September 9.

Guest speaker in graduate course on qualitative research methods, Program in Public Health, University of California, Irvine, January 26.

“Multiple Worlds, Shared Streets: A Cross-Cultural Approach to Sustainable Transportation.” Invited by LiveMove and the University of Oregon Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Eugene, OR, April 16.

Guest speaker in graduate course “Engaging Contradictions,” Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, November 11.

Guest lecturer in undergraduate course “Culture, Health, and Healing.” Department of Anthropology, Portland State University, October 28.

“Bicycling and Culture Change: Experimenting with Life in the Street.” Invited speaker at the Global Professions/Global Actions Series, University of California, Riverside, April 18.

Panelist, “Design by Deferral.” Big City Forum Series, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, April 3.

Guest lecturer in graduate course “Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning.” Department of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles, October 11.

“Bikes, Bodies, and Public Space: The Role of Human Infrastructure in Urban Transport.” Invited speaker at the Center for Transportation Studies, Portland State University, Portland, March 16.

Policy and Advocacy
Plenary moderator, “At the Intersection of Walkability & Equity: Why Race, Age, & Ability Matter for the Movement.” PedsCount! Summit, California Walks, Long Beach, CA, June 7.

Guest speaker, Advocacy Leadership Institute. Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle, May 4.

Panelist, “Active Transportation & Anti-Displacement.” Distance learning webinar facilitated by Alliance for Biking & Walking and Rutgers University, March 10.

Moderator, “Breaking Down the Barriers.” Sustainable Transportation Summit facilitated by EnviroCentre, Ottawa, ON, February 23.

Moderator, “Pedaling Towards Equity: Advancing Bicycling in Underserved Communities.” Local Government Commission's Advancing Bicycling in the Capital Region Workshop, Sacramento, September 23.

Panelist, “The Gentrification Issue: Are White Lanes Bike Lanes?” National Brotherhood of Cyclists Summit, Minneapolis, July 16.

Plenary speaker at Youth Bike Summit, Seattle, February 14.

Plenary speaker at Congress for the New Urbanism’s Equity + Transportation Summit, New York City, October 2.

Plenary speaker at National Center for Bicycling and Walking’s Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference, Pittsburgh, September 9.

Plenary speaker at Open Streets National Summit, Los Angeles, April 4.

Panelist, “Integrating Equity into Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning.” Professional Development Webinar Series, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, December 18.

“Celebrating Diversity in Bicycle Culture.” Invited speaker at Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland, OR, October 17.

Panelist, “Community-Based Bicycle Advocacy: Building the Movement from the Ground Up.” National Women's Bicycling Forum, Washington, D.C., March 4.

Discussant, “Post-Apocalypse Now!” Panel at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 19.

Chair, “Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for All?” Roundtable at the Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Portland, OR, November 5.

Co-facilitator, “Ethnolocating: Activating Human Infrastructure in Urban Design.” Workshop at Ethnography & Design: Mutual Provocations (CoLED Conference). UC San Diego, October 29.

Chair, “Latina/o Urbanism in Practice” roundtable. Latina/o Studies Association Conference, Pasadena, CA, July 7.
Panelist, “Learning Sustainability through Social Justice Curriculum.” California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), June 29.

“Bicycling and Environmental Racism: Steps toward Equitable Future Streets.” Paper presented at the Southwestern Anthropological Association Conference, San Diego, April 22.

“Critical Sustainability as Pedagogy and Practice: The Case of USMA in Los Angeles.” Paper co-presented with Donald Strauss at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, March 29.

“Desire and Infrastructure: Taking the Lane in Autopia.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver, November 19.

“Connecting the DOTs: The Human Infrastructure of Transportation Expertise.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., December 6. 

Panelist, “On the Path to a Stronger Movement: Bike/Ped Equity from the Ground Up.” Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, Pittsburgh, September 9.

Panelist, “Space, Place, and Mobility in Latina/o Urban America.” Latina/o Studies Conference, Chicago, July 18.

Panelist, “Engaging Diverse Communities.” WTS Annual Conference, Portland, OR, May 16.

Panelist, “Youth, Equity, and Bicycle Advocacy.” Youth Bike Summit, New York City, February 15.   

“Making the Street Safe for...Bicycles? Using Ethnography to Humanize Future Transportation for Diverse Publics.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 24.

“Collectives and the Creative Class: Bicycling as Commodity and Practice.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association, Chicago, May 25.

“Critiquing Research and Advocacy to Make Change.” Presentation at Bicicultures Roadshow Symposium, Davis, CA, April 17.

“The History and Future of Community and Place in Los Angeles' Bike Movement.” Paper presented at the panel “Change and Continuity: The Place of Community in Transition.” Adonia Lugo, co-organizer. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, April 13.

Panelist, “Critical Mass at 20: What's Left and What's Right?” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, April 10. 

“Where the Ethnographer is Infrastructure: Embodying the Boundary Between Expertise and Everyday Life in Urban Space.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 15.

“Bikes, Bodies, and Public Space.” Presentation at the World Cycling Research Forum (WOCREF), University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands, September 14.

“CicLAvia as Human Infrastructure in Los Angeles.” Paper presented at the Cycling and Society Symposium. University of East London, London, UK, September 3.

“Dehumanizing the City: Green Development and Profitable Places.” Paper presented at Anthropology in Transit Conference, UC Irvine, April 13.

“Upsides and Downsides of Working on the Inside: Blogging as a Bike Activist during Ethnographic Fieldwork in Los Angeles.” Paper presented at the City as Laboratory Series at the Center for Ethnography. Adonia Lugo, organizer. UC Irvine, April 9. 

“Diverse City: Anthropology, Situationism, and DIY Bike Infrastructure in Los Angeles.” Paper presented at the panel “Redefining Urban Space: Multiple Mobilities in the Automobilized City.” Adonia Lugo, chair. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montréal, November 16.

“Including Immigrant Bike Commuters: How Bike Activists Connect Invisible Cyclists with Urban Planning in Los Angeles.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Salt Lake City, October 13. 

“Cyclists, Cycling, and the City: Identity and Mobility in a Changing Landscape.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, November 20.

“Beyond Neoliberal Planning: Insurgent Cycling in Four American Built Environments.” Presentation at New Approaches to Individualization, Infrastructure, and Consumption Workshop, UC Irvine, June 15.

“From Observer to Ethnographer: Flânerie on a Bicycle.” Paper presented at Urbanity on the Move: Planning, Mobility, and Displacement, UC Irvine, May 21.

“Diversifying the Bike Movement.” Panelist at LA StreetSummit, Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College, Los Angeles, March 20. 

“CicLAvia: A Ciclovía for Los Angeles?” Panelist at LA Bike Summit, Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College, Los Angeles, March 7.

The Untokening: A Convening for Just Communities and Streets, Atlanta, November 13.

“Bicycling, Diversity, and Justice: The Opportunity and Challenge of Sustainable Transportation in Los Angeles.” Mid-semester student residency for Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability at Antioch University Los Angeles, July 23-26.

Future Bike Conference, League of American Bicyclists, Pittsburgh, September 11. 

Bicicultures Roadshow Experimental Mobile Conference and Bicicultures Roadshow Symposium, Los Angeles and Davis, CA, April 10-17. 

City as Laboratory Series, Center for Ethnography, University of California, Irvine, April.

  2016-            Advisory Board Member, Orange County Environmental Justice
Advisory Board Member, Multicultural Communities for Mobility
Equity Advisory Panelist, Better Bikeshare Partnership, PeopleForBikes
Advisory Committee Member, Alliance for Biking & Walking 2015 Benchmarking Report
Cycle Track Technical Work Group Member, Federal Highway Administration
Founder and Moderator, Bike Equity Network
Member, Safe Routes to School National Partnership Diversity Task Force
Equity Advisory Council Member, League of American Bicyclists
Editorial Intern at Cultural Anthropology  2011-2012   Editorial Intern at American Anthropologist  

  2009-2010   Graduate Student Representative, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
Co-founder and Board Secretary, CicLAvia, Los Angeles
Co-founder and Organizer, City of Lights/Ciudad de Luces, Los Angeles