Professor Aguilar joins the Interdisciplinary Studies Department as Assistant Professor of Latin American/Latino Studies and American Studies. He earned his B.A. in Latin American & Latino Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago and PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. His scholarly interests include U.S. Latino Studies, popular music, American Studies, immigration, and Mexicans in the Midwest. His dissertation examines how Mexican Sonidos (DJs) and members of Chicagoland’s Mexican immigrant population engage in community formation and hemispheric cultural processes when they curate sonidero dances with Latin American soundscapes, especially the Colombian cumbia. His latest research venture looks at Latino soul groups in the Midwest to explore more in-depth race-relations between Latino and Black communities during the sixties and seventies. In his spare time, Dr. Aguilar enjoys frequenting music stores in search for vintage vinyl records.