Victor Corona’s teaching and research focus on urban culture and creative careers. At ELA, he teaches the “Underground LA” and “Sociology of Show Business” courses. Dr. Corona received his BA in Sociology at Yale in 2003 and a PhD in Sociology at Columbia in 2009.
Past guest speakers in his ELA classes include performer Caroline Blaike, The Hollywood Complex (2011) co-star Presley Cash, Lionsgate producer Aaron Edmonds, director and actor Ramon Fernandez, curator Meghan Gordon, Emmys backstage host Albert Lawrence, actor and author Robinne Lee, NAOMIDROME creator Emily Whittemore, and former NO Magazine co-publisher Ewa Wojciak.
Dr. Corona's first book, Night Class: A Downtown Memoir (Soft Skull Press, 2017), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for memoir or biography and mentioned in Page Six, The New Yorker, DAZED, The Daily Mail, Out, and elsewhere. Dr. Corona has also written for VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books, GO Magazine, and other platforms.
For a new book in progress about LA performers and Hollywood careers, Dr. Corona has interviewed actors, directors, writers, dancers, and singers, including creatives who have worked on films and television series like The Sopranos, Marvel’s Iron Fist, Into the Dark: Midnight Kiss, Home Improvement, Open, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Superman Returns, The Wolverine, Thor: Ragnarok, and Aquaman.
Los Angeles ProgramSince 2019
Ph.D., Columbia University