Michael Aguirre is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Washington, Seattle (UW). His research focuses on political economy, labor, race, gender, and migration on the US-Mexico borderlands in the later twentieth century. Michael received a Bachelor of Arts in history (highest distinction) and ethnic studies (magna cum laude) at the University of California, San Diego, later earning a Master of Arts in history at the UW. Michael has participated in the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program, the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, and is a fellow in the Certificate in Public Scholarship at the UW’s Simpson Center for the Humanities. He has taught classes at the UW on histories of the US and Mexico and is dedicated to examining social, cultural, and institutional borders at the contiguous boundary and beyond.