Ph.D., History, Yale University
M.A., M.Phil., History, Yale University
B.A., with distinction, Anthropology and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration, Yale University
I am an interdisciplinary historian exploring themes of identity, citizenship, migration, race, and nations in hemispheric and global context. My first book, Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), 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). The book won the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians among other distinctions, and has a companion website with primary sources, corazondedixie.org.
My second book was inspired by my experiences creating and teaching a course about global migration. The diverse students in my class quickly saw connections among the experiences of migrant groups in different parts of the world, yet too few historians were making such connections in their scholarship. My current project, Citizenship Displaced: Migrant Political Cultures in the Era of State Control, explores diverse migrant workers' political consciousness and relationships to origin and destination states in the post-World War II period. To tackle global questions without losing sight of workers' actual experiences, I focus on three contemporaneous migration case studies: Mexico-U.S., Spain-France, and Malawi-South Africa. I have presented on this research at the Universities of Giessen (Germany) and Bern (Switzerland) as well as the Latin American Studies, International Studies, and American Studies associations' conferences.
In addition to academia, I have experience in the immigration policy arena. From 2001-2 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 New Haven and Los Angeles. I joined the UO History department in 2013 after four years as an Assistant Professor of International Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910, University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
Book companion website with primary sources for teaching: http://corazondedixie.org
“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.
For further publications and pdfs, see my academia.edu page.
Awards and prizes
Winner, Merle Curti Award for best book in U.S. social history, Organization of American Historians (2016)
Co-winner, CRL James book award, Working Class Studies Association (2016)
Honorable Mention, Theodore Saloutos Book Award for best book in immigration history, Immigration and Ethnic History Society (2016)
Honorable Mention, Deep South Book Prize, Summersell Center for the Study of the South (2016)
George Washington Egleston Prize for best dissertation in American history, Yale University (2009).
Norman H. Brown Faculty Fellowship, University of Oregon
Weatherhead Fellowship, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM
National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Award
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
"Historians on Trump's first 100 days in office," Time.com, April 27, 2017
“Trump’s anti-immigration policy rooted in ’90s California,” The San Francisco Chronicle, Zocalo Public Square, and Ventura County Star, May 12, 2016.
"McCrory's Real Legacy on Latino Immigration," The Raleigh News & Observer, November 23, 2015
"What Trump Doesn't Know About Southern Conservatives and Immigration," National Journal, August 7, 2015
“A Heavy Price to Ending Birthright Citizenship,” The Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2010
"Defining El Sur Latino," Southern Foodways Alliance blog, May 16, 2017.
"African Americans and Immigrants' Rights in the Trump Era," UNC Press Blog #immigration roundtable, April 6, 2017
“2016: The year nativism conquered the South,” Immigration and Ethnic History Society blog, December 29, 2016.
"Mexican Migration to the Deep South," by Beth English, Working History: Podcast of the Southern Labor Studies Association, December 7, 2016
“How the Olympics helped lure Latinos to Atlanta,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 15, 2016.
"Exploring the Corazón de Dixie with Julie M. Weise," by Karen L. Cox, Pop South: Reflections on the South in Popular Culture (blog), January 18, 2016
Interview on Mexican immigration to Georgia and the U.S. South, Georgia Public Broadcasting's On Second Thought, January 7, 2016
Interview on Corazón de Dixie by Lori Flores, New Books in Latino Studies Podcast, December 17, 2015
Interview on Mexican immigration in the South and the U.S., WUNC radio's The State of Things, Chapel Hill, December 10, 2015
Interview on Corazon de Dixie research and bilingual Latino history teaching, UO Today, Oregon Humanities Center, March 2015
"A Tale of Two Immigration Politics in Maryland and Virginia," Al-Jazeera America, November 3, 2014
"Residents Uneasy about Immigrant Shift Into Suburbs," NPR All Things Considered, October 19, 2014
Radio interview about immigration reform, Bill Carroll show, KFI AM, Los Angeles, 2013
“Immigration reform may solve longterm care worker shortage,” Healthcare Finance News, March 12, 2013
“Immigration reform could increase California tax revenue, shift worker base, experts say,” The Long Beach Press-Telegram, January 28, 2013
Interview, Charter Local Edition on CNN Headline News, September 2010
"ABAC Hosts Immigration Panel," The Tifton Gazette, Tifton, Georgia, October 8, 2017
"Corazón de Dixie: La Historia de los Mexicanos en el Sur," Qué Pasa-Mi Gente, Charlotte, January 21, 2016
“Mexican Archives and the Search for Old Immigrants in ‘New’ Destinations,” Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences, March 2, 2012