Rudy Aguilar

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies

Contact Information

Office: Social Sciences (SO 22), Room 2017A
Phone: 470-578-4270
Fax: 470-578-9141


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.

Program Members

Aguilar, Rudy
Bradley, Regina
Brown-Spiers, Miriam
Dickey, Jennifer
Dudenhoeffer, Larrie
Dyckhoff, Danelle
Gephardt, Katarina
Grooms, Tony
Hill, Rebecca
Keltner, Stacy
Kim, Na Lae
King, David
Lands, LeeAnn
LeBaron, Alan
Lewis, Catherine
Lieberman, Robbie
McClintock, Diana
McGrew, Mandy
Miller, Cherie
Niemann, Linda
Okie, Tom
Omidvar, Iraj
Piecuch, Jim
Powell, Tammy
Pynn, Tom
Richards, Anne
Silva, Ernesto
Thomas, Griselda
Way, Albert
Whitlock, Ugena
Wright, Trey