Michael Aguirre (2017-2018)

Michael D. Aguirre is a postdoctoral fellow with the Inequality in America Initiative at Harvard University.

In Fall 2021, he will be an assistant professor of Mexican American and Borderlands History in the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Michael received his PhD in history from the University of Washington, Seattle in June 2019. His dissertation, “The Wages of Borders: Political Economy, Labor Activism, and Racial Formation in the Imperial-Mexicali Borderlands, 1937-1979,” won the distinguished dissertation award from the Graduate School at the University of Washington.

Michael’s work is featured in the groundbreaking volume, Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era, edited by Maylei Blackwell, Maria Cotera, and Dionne Espinoza (UT Press, 2018).

His forthcoming article, “Identities, Quandaries, and Emotions: Labor in the Imperial-Mexicali Borderlands,” will appear in the Southern California Quarterly (Fall 2020). His public history includes contributions to the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project and BlackPast.

Aguirre is also a fellow with the World Economic Forum’s Council on the New Equality and Inclusion Agenda, where he serves as a qualitative and historical voice to issues in the fourth industrial revolution. Aguirre is working on his book manuscript, a post-1960 history of the Imperial-Mexicali borderlands focused on questions of political economy, labor, and healthcare.

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