Jonathan Angulo


Ph.D. Program



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Educational Background

BA History, San Diego State University, 2015, MA History, Southern Methodist University, 2018



Jonathan Angulo is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate from El Centro, California. His dissertation, “An Undocumented Economy: Side Hustles, Swap Meets, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Mexican Immigration in the 1917-2000 Imperial-Mexicali Borderlands,” discusses how United States and Mexican immigration policy created the conditions for undocumented economies to arise throughout the borderlands. His dissertation argues that informal entrepreneurial actions became much more visible along the U.S. Mexico divide, especially in California’s Imperial-Mexicali Valley.

He likes to engage in public history through his work in the Dallas Mexican American Historical League and Latino Alumni of SMU. Organizations like Latinos in Heritage Conservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have supported his participation in public history. 

Areas of Study: 
U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Latinx History
Chicanx History 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion