Julie M. Weise, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor
- SSPA 352
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I/ST 100 (Global Citizenship), I/ST 200 (Introduction to International Studies), I/ST 320I (Migration and Modernity), I/ST 490 (Senior Research Seminar).
- Ph.D., History, Yale University
- M.A., M.Phil., History, Yale University
- B.A., with distinction, Anthropology and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration, Yale University
My research and teaching explore themes of identity, citizenship, migration, race, and nations in hemispheric and global context. My first book, Corazon de Dixie: Mexico and Mexicans in the U.S. South since 1910 (forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press), includes five historical case studies of largely-forgotten communities: the Mexicans and Mexican Americans who, since 1910, have arrived into landscapes traditionally understood to be black-and-white (Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina). It focuses on the communities and politics of these newcomers and those who encountered them in the South’s rural, urban, suburban, and exurban areas. Additionally, it shows how the Mexican government and its consular representatives in the South responded to and influenced politics there, given the “official” national ideology of race-mixing in postrevolutionary Mexico.
My second book was inspired by my experiences creating and teaching “Migration and Modernity,” a global and comparative International Studies course at CSULB. The diverse students in my class quickly saw profound connections among the experiences of different migrant groups in different parts of the world, yet too few historians were making such connections in their scholarship. I have thus begun work on a new project, Guest Workers: a History across Borders that will weave together the experiences of “temporary” immigrant workers through time and space in the post-World War II period.
In addition to academia, I have experience in the immigration policy arena. From 2000-2002 I worked in the administration of Mexico’s President Vicente Fox as a speechwriter and researcher for the cabinet-level Office of the President for Mexicans Living Abroad. I have also worked as a translator, paralegal, project manager, and policy researcher at immigration-related agencies in both New Haven and Los Angeles.
Awards and fellowships
- Weatherhead Fellowship, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM
- National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Award
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
- George Washington Egleston Historical Prize, Yale Graduate School
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
- Corazón de Dixie: Mexico and Mexicans in the U.S. South since 1910, forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press.
- “Dispatches from the ‘Viejo’ New South: Historicizing Recent Latino Migrations,” Latino Studies 10:1-2, special issue, “Latinos in the U.S. South,” May 2012.
- “Mexican nationalisms, Southern racisms: Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the U.S. South, 1908-1939.” American Quarterly 60:3, special issue, “Nation and Migration—Past and Future,” September 2008.
- Interview, “Immigration reform may solve longterm care worker shortage,” Healthcare Finance News, March 12, 2013
- Interview, “Immigration reform could increase California tax revenue, shift worker base, experts say,” The Long Beach Press-Telegram, January 28, 2013
- Radio interview about immigration reform, Bill Carroll show, KFI AM, Los Angeles.
- “Mexican Archives and the Search for Old Immigrants in ‘New’ Destinations,” Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences, videotaped lecture, March 2, 2012
- “A Heavy Price to Ending Birthright Citizenship,” Op/Ed, The Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2010
- Television interview, Charter Local Edition on CNN Headline News, September 2010.