Academic Historian

Michael Damien Aguirre is a historian of the United States, Latina/o/x history, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is particularly interested in political economy, labor, (im)migration, race and health. Aguirre’s first book project is a study of the Western U.S.-Mexico borderlands from the 1960s to the 1980s. Focused especially on the Imperial Valley-Mexicali borderlands, it explores the development of a border regime that supported the free flow of capital, the regulation of people and the labor and health strategies exercised by working people on both sides of the border that reflected their transborder movement. In addition to archival methods, Aguirre practices oral history to capture what is left out of written records as well as public history to communicate with broader audiences.

Aguirre received his PhD in history from the University of Washington, where his dissertation won the Distinguished Dissertation Prize from the Graduate School. Aguirre was a postdoctoral fellow with the Inequality in America Initiative at Harvard University. He was also a postdoctoral fellow with the World Economic Forum’s New Equality and Inclusion Agenda.

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