Emiliano Aguilar

Emiliano Aguilar

Assistant Professor

(574) 631-9222
452 Decio
PhD, History, Northwestern University (2022); MA, History, Purdue University Northwest (2017); AB, History & English, Wabash College (2015)
Graduate Program Field
United States History
Time Period(s)
Labor, Political
United States

Emiliano Aguilar is a political and labor historian of the United States, specifically the Latina/o Midwest. His manuscript-in-progress, Building a Latino Machine: Caught Between Corrupt Political Machines and Good Government Reform, explores how the ethnic Mexican and Puerto Rican community of East Chicago, Indiana navigated machine politics in the 20th and 21st centuries to further their inclusion in municipal and union politics. The project further outlines this inclusion’s costs (and paradoxes) for generations of residents and reformers. In grappling for political power and claiming rights to their community, these Latina and Latino residents renegotiated their place within the city, particularly under the threat of urban renewal and later deindustrialization.

His work has appeared in The Metropole, Belt Magazine, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s Blog, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, and the Indiana Historical Society Blog, among others. A chapter of his research appeared in Building Sustainable Worlds: Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest (University of Illinois Press, July 2022).