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Kevan Antonio Aguilar

Ph.D. candidate in history, UC San Diego

Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

Research Project: Revolutionary Encounters: Mexican Communities and Spanish Exiles, 1931-1952

Research Interests: transnationalism, internationalism, revolution, exile, race, class, citizenship


Kevan Antonio Aguilar is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history at UC San Diego. He received his B.A. in history at CSU Long Beach and his M.A. in Latin American Studies at UC San Diego.

In his dissertation, Aguilar examines the perceptions and receptions of Mexicans to the relocation of Spanish exiles during and after the Mexican Revolution and Spanish Civil War. The study assesses how popular conceptions of race, class, citizenry, and revolution were important determinants for community formation between Mexicans and Spanish exiles. Aguilar’s research has been supported by the Fulbright Hays, the Social Science Research Council and the UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation fellowships. He has recently published work in the edited collection, “Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW” (Pluto Press, 2017) and has contributed a chapter on the Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón for the forthcoming “Oxford Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture” (Oxford University Press, December 2018).