Luis is a sociologist specialised in cultural and urban sociology, and his expertise is in how people build their identities, how the urban environment shapes people’s lives, and how democratic culture emerges in the interactions between people. Aside from his experience in academic research, Luis has been engaged in the field of marketing research, building bridges between academic knowledge and commercial needs. Likewise, having taught for six years at Parsons School of Design in New York City, and having worked with stakeholders in various fields, Luis is passionate about translating research between fields such as the social sciences, product and service design, urban design and policy, and the arts.
Luis earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York, an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Originally from Peru, Luis has led, collaborated, and conducted research in the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and Latin America. His forthcoming book is based on his doctoral dissertation “Comiendo Con Cariño: Cómo La Comida Abre (o No) Espacios de Integración en el Perú”