Curry, Julia E.
Asst Professor, Mexican American Studies
Acting Chair, Spring 2013, Mexican American Studies
Undergraduate Adviser, Mexican American Studies
Additional Contact Information
Tuesdays 3:30 - 5:30pm CHC, King Library, Rm. 525
Thursday 3:30-5:30pm CHC, King Library, Rm 525
By appointment-email or call for appointments.
Welcome to my webpage. I am serving as Acting Chair of MAS while Professor Pizarro is on sabbatical leave spring 2013.
I am the Faculty Adviser for Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) for
AB540 Students and Allies. If you need advice please contact me. You can also see some AB540 Resources in my AB540 class page.
Professor Barrera was designated the department undergraduate adviser by Professor Pizarro. If you need advise for your minor please contact Professor Barrera first at Magdalena.Barrera@sjsu.edu. I continue to have a page on resources called resources for minors on my course list.
Please check back for news and updates. But also check our Department Webpage for information on Chicana and Chicano Studies at SJSU and elsewhere.
The best way to reach me is by email: Julia.Curry@sjsu.edu. Note that MAS has relocated until December 2013 to the Student Services Center (SSC).
I will post hours to be held at my department office at a later date. My teaching schedule this term is: Tu/Th 9:00-10:15, 1:30-2:45 and Saturdays 10:30-3:00.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology
Univ Of Texas At Austin, United States, 1988
- Master of Arts, Sociology
Univ Of Texas At Austin, United States, 1986
- Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States, 1980
I earned a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin. My research examines immigrant women and children, immigration, language minority educational experiences, racial and sexual stratification, and other issues pertaining to Chicana/os in the United States. I use qualitative methodology, primarily life history, oral history and participant observation techniques in my research.
I have held many elected offices in various professional organizations. In the National Association for Chicana and Chicano studies (NACCS) I have been the General Coordinator (2000), secretary (1998, newsletter editor (1999) and the Northern California Regional Representative (1998-2000). Currently I am the Executive Director of NACCS. While still a graduate student at UT Austin, I was elected as the organizing and founding chair of the Chicana Caucus of NACCS (1985-90). In Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), I have also held many elected offices, including Chair in 1998-99. In the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) I served as the Chair of the Discrimination Committee from 1989-91 and organized the conference program for the annual meetings in 1989. In the American Sociological Association I was the organizing and founding Chair of the Section on Latina and Latino Sociology. In the ASA I served as a council member for the Section on Sex and Gender and served as former treasurer/secretary for the Section on Race and Ethnic Relations.
As a professor at SJSU I have served as advisor to various student groups such as Mujer, MEChA, McNair Scholars, Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE), and Balet Folklorico Sol y Luna.
Some of my publications are found in Re-Emerging Native Women (2003), Bilingual Research Journal (2001), The Power of Language (2001). Colorlines (May 1999), Americanos: Latino Life in the United States (1999), Mexicanas at Work (1988), Chicano Politics after the Eighties (1988), and The Use of Social Services by Undocumented Aliens in Texas (1984). In 2003 I was awareded a two year grant from the Ford Foundation to document services for Binational Students with a group of grassroots education advocates in Mexico.
Besides teaching at SJSU I taught at UCLA (1988), Arizona State University (1988-1990), UC Berkeley (1990-1998), Holy Names College (1999-2000) and York University (2003) in Toronto, Canada. On the faculty of the Mexican American Studies Department at San José State University I teach graduate seminars in theory and methodology; sexuality and gender, human immigration, and race & ethnicity in community at the undergraduate level.
I am a member of the Oral History Association, the American Sociological Association and the National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS). I am the executive director for NACCS with the institutional support of MAS and SJSU.