Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Undergraduate Alumni Spotlight: Pedro Regalado

Undergraduate Alumni Spotlight: Pedro Regalado

Pedro A. Regalado received his B.A. magna cum laude in History from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. Now, he’s a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Yale University, where his research focuses on the intersection of race, immigration, capitalism, and the built environment during the 20th century. The working title of his dissertation is “Where Angels Fear to Tread: Latinx Work and the Making of New York.” Most recently, he was awarded the Jefferson Scholars National Fellowship.

In 2017, the Society for American City & Regional Planning History (SACRPH) awarded his paper, “Fixed Capital:  Building Transition and Drug Capitalism in New York City, 1961-1997,” the best student research paper at the 17th National Conference on Planning History, held in Cleveland, Ohio. Pedro’s work has been featured in the The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and Public Seminar. He also has recent academic publications in The Journal of Urban History and Ohio Valley History.

Pedro has also recently accepted a Junior Fellowship with the Harvard Society of Fellows. This postdoctoral position is one of most prestigious and rigorous in the country, allowing Pedro to spend three years pursuing his academic studies in any department of the University free from any formal requirements, including teaching.My goal during that time is to turn my dissertation into a book manuscript,” says Pedro. “I'll be conducting research in New York's archives, recording oral histories, and editing the project's chapters. If possible, I'd also like to get started on a new project as well!”

Of his time at Loyola, Pedro recounts: “I received such great guidance from my history professors—in particular, Michelle Nickerson, Elizabeth Shermer, and Kyle Roberts. They really pushed me to become a better thinker, researcher, and writer. The McNair Scholars program also was instrumental in preparing me for what came next. From GRE preparation to university visits, the program gave me a solid sense of what to expect and how to succeed in graduate school.” Read more about Pedro’s experience at Loyola in this piece he wrote for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Congratulations again to Pedro- we can’t wait to see what comes next for your work!