Victor Corona’s teaching and research examine urban culture, creative careers, and the sociology of Los Angeles. At ELA, he teaches the “LA Subcultures” 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.
Guest speakers in his ELA classes have included The Hollywood Complex (2011) co-star Presley Cash, Lionsgate producer Aaron Edmonds, Los Angeles Times Image Beauty Editor-at-large Darian Harvin, Emmys backstage host Albert Lawrence, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Wednesday Martin, actor and singer-songwriter Ian Michael Nelson, Sony Pictures Television casting director Amanda Richards, director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Studio 54, Where's My Roy Cohn?, The Reagans), This Was Hollywood author Carla Valderrama, 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 FOX Television, Fodor's, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books, GO Magazine, and other platforms.