Michael D. Aguirre

Doctoral Candidate

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Ph.D., History, University of Washington, 2019
M.A., History, University of Washington, 2012
B.A., History and Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego, 2008

My research explores the relationship between industrial agriculture and maquiladoras in the eastern California borderlands during the 1960s and 1970s. Focusing on the Imperial-Mexicali valleys, I examine major economic transformations and its impact on labor unions, migration, and citizenship in this transnational space.

My previous research analyzed Seattle's El Centro de la Raza from 1972-1979. I revealed the critical role of women's volunteer labor in the establishment and longevity of the center as well as the gender dynamics of Seattle's Chicano Movement.