U.S. History Guest Lecture
A graduate of Yale University, Julie M. Weise is an assistant professor, International Studies, California State University, Long Beach.
Sponsored by UO Department of History
Weise’s research and teaching explore themes of identity, citizenship, migration, race, and nations in hemispheric and global context. Her 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.
Her second book was inspired by her experiences creating and teaching “Migration and Modernity,” a global and comparative International Studies course at CSULB. The diverse students in her 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. Weise has 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.
From 2000-2002 she 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. She has also worked as a translator, paralegal, project manager, and policy researcher at immigration-related agencies in both New Haven and Los Angeles.