Michael Bernabé Aguilera

Curriculum Vitae


Department of Sociology

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-1291


Office: 541-346-5059

Fax: 541-346-5026



1999                 Ph.D. Sociology, Stony Brook University

1995                 M.A. Sociology, Stony Brook University

1994                 B.S. Sociology, University of California at Irvine



2008-Present    Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Oregon

2004-08            Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Oregon

2006                 Visiting Professor, Universidad Latina de América. Morelia, México

2002-04            Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology, Rice University

1999-02            Turner Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology, Stony Brook University


Research and Teaching Interests

Economic Sociology; Social Networks; Social Inequality; International Migration; and Race and Ethnicity


Refereed Publications

Aguilera, Michael B. 2021. “The Global Horse Trade in the United States: 1981-2013.” Society and Animals. 29(1):63-85.


Beck, Erin; Aguilera, Michael; Schnitz, James. 2018. "Who Benefits? The Interactional Determinants of Microfinance's Varied Effects." Journal of Development Studies.


Rachel S. Shinnar, Michael B. Aguilera, and Thomas Lyons. 2011. “Co-Ethnic Markets: Financial Penalty or Opportunity?” International Business Review 20: 646-658.


Aguilera, Michael B. 2009. “Ethnic Enclaves and the Earnings of Self-Employed Latinos.” Small Business Economics 33(4):413-426.


Aguilera, Michael B. 2008. “Personal Networks and the Incomes of Men and Women in the United States: Do Personal Networks Provide Higher Returns for Men or Women?” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 26(13):221-33.



Aguilera, Michael B. 2005. “The Impact of Social Capital on the Wages of Puerto Rican Migrants,” The Sociological Quarterly 46(4): 569-92. (Lead article)

Donato, Katharine, Michael B. Aguilera, and Chizuko Wakabayashi. 2005. “Immigration Policy and Employment Conditions of US Immigrants from Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic,” International Migration 43(5): 5-29. (Lead article)


Aguilera, Michael B. 2004. “The Effect of Legalization on the Labor Markets of Latin American Immigrants: A Gendered Comparison,” Sociological Focus 37(4): 349-69.


Aguilera, Michael B. 2004. “Deciding Where to Retire: Retirement Location Choices of Formerly Undocumented Mexican Migrants,” Social Science Quarterly 85(2): 340-60.


Aguilera, Michael B. 2003. “The Impact of the Worker: How Social Capital and Human Capital Influence the Job Tenure of Formerly Undocumented Mexican Immigrants,” Sociological Inquiry 73(1): 52-83.


Aguilera, Michael B. and Douglas S. Massey. 2003. “Social Capital and Wages of Mexican Migrants: New Hypotheses and Tests,” Social Forces 82(2): 671-701.


Aguilera, Michael B. 2002. “The Impact of Social Capital on Labor Force Participation: Evidence from the 2000 Social Capital Benchmark Survey,” Social Science Quarterly 83(3): 853-74.


Catanzarite, Lisa and Michael B. Aguilera. 2002. “Working with Co-Ethnics: Earnings Penalties for Latino Immigrants at Latino Jobsites,” Social Problems 49(1): 101-27.


Aguilera, Michael B. 1996. “The Effects of Disadvantage in the Residential Choices of Elderly Hispanic Women in the United States,” Family Perspective 30(1): 85-101.


Revise and Resubmit

“Colombian International Migration: The Social Process of Colombian Migration,” in collaboration with Diego Contreras.


Under Review:

“Colombian Migration and the Body Mass Index: The Relationship between Migration and Weight Gain among Colombian Migrants who had returned to Colombia”


In Progress:

“The Impact of Migration on Health: Colombian Migrant’s Health Outcomes”


“Luxury Consumer Markets: The Role of Breed Registries in Determining Value within Horse Markets.”


Other Publications

Aguilera, Michael B. Forthcoming. “Social Networks and Low-Skill Migration to the United States.” Encyclopedia of Migration. Edited by Frank Bean and Susan K Brown. Springer. Published online on with Springer Link.


Aguilera, Michael B. 2015. A book review of Kathleen C. Schwartzman’s “The Chicken Trail: Following Workers, Migrants, and Corporations across the Americas” in Contemporary Sociology 44(3) 414-15. 


Aguilera, Michael B. 2013. “Ethnic Enclaves and the Incomes of Latino Immigrant Workers.” Pp. 33-58 in Hispanics in the US Labor Market: Selected Research, edited by Richard R. Verdugo. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.


Aguilera, Michael B. 2008. “Ethnic Enclave Theories.” Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, edited by Richard T. Schaefer. NY: Sage Publications.


Aguilera, Michael B. 2007. “The Impact of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and IRCA on Migration Patterns,” City & Community 6(3): 239-42.


Aguilera, Michael B. 2001. “Labor Markets for Recent Immigrants: A Statistical Portrait.” Pp. 629-640 in The Encyclopedia of American Immigration, edited by J. Ciment. New York: M.E. Sharpe Publisher.