Professor Aguas directed the Program of Africana Studies at William & Mary from 2012 to 2016. He increased the faculty from 3 to its present size, stabilized enrollment and graduation rates, and initiated curriculum innovations. He produced a monthly research presentation lecture series expanding the knowledge base of Africana Studies on campus featuring esteemed faculty. He also edited and published four volumes of Kuumba, the annual of Africana Studies at William & Mary.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies Research Initiative
As its founding Director, Professor Aguas builds the Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies Program at William and Mary through the Asian American Studies & Research Initiative, in close collaboration with the Asian American Student Initiative. He coordinates and advises the self-designed Interdisciplinary Major in Asian American Studies. Interested students may contact him via email or join the student movement via Facebook on Asian American Student Initiative .
He is an affiliate of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the Global Studies Program in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, where he is a Mellon Faculty Mentor. He was the first Director of the Asian Studies Initiative funded by the Freeman Foundation, which paved the way for the College’s new Asian & Middle Eastern Studies program.
International Fellowship and Service
Professor Aguas is a Visiting Fellow of the Wee Kim Wee Centre for Diversity at Singapore Management University. He continues to include William and Mary students in his international research of arts, cultures, and traditions. He has brought students on research and immersion trips to Singapore, Bali, Indonesia and the Philippines, specifically in Tacloban, Leyte Island.