Curry, Julia E

Curry, Julia E

Associate Professor, Mexican American Studies




Preferred: (408) 924-5310

Office Hours

Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm and by appointment. Location: King Library, 5th floor, Cultural Heritage Center Program Room.

Hello, Welcome to Fall 2015!

I am the Faculty Adviser for two groups: Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) for AB540 Students and Allies and the MAS Graduate Student Association, XGC (Xicana/o Graduate Council). If you need advice please contact me. You can also see some AB540 Resources in my AB540 Students and Allies Course Page.

The best way to reach me is by email: My faculty office is located at Clark Hall, Room 229C. The Mexican American Studies Department is now located in Clark Hall north side second floor. I can often be found at King Library 5th floor in the Cultural Heritage Center.

My teaching schedule this semester:

  • Tu/Th 9:00-10:15am, MAS 30:  Race and Ethnicity in Public Space  -Sweeney Hall 435
  • Tu/Th 10:30-11:45am,  MAS 30:Race and Ethnicity in Public Space, BBC 103
  • Saturday 10:30-3:00 -MAS 210: Foundations of Chicana & Chicano Studies (Graduate Seminar) Dates: First class meeting, Saturday,August 22.

I was the SJSU Distinguished Service Professor, 2013-2014! 


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, United States,1988
  • Master of Arts, Sociology, University of Texas At Austin, United States, 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States, 1980

Licenses and Certificates

  • EDU:  Supervisor Anti-Harassment (CA-13A), 2 hours, December 2014
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) IRB Members - Basic/Refresher Curriculum, United States, 2014


I grew up in Southern California after emigrating from Mexico with my mother and sister.  I went to college as an Educational Opportunity Program student and graduated with a BA in Sociology from UCSB.  I went to graduate school because I received encouragement and modeling from many magnificent teachers who taught me substance, skills and values (I am forever indebted).  I earned a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin with assistance from the American Sociological Association which supported me with a Minority Fellowship for the last two years of my program. 

In my research I examine issues affecting 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 was co-organized the conference program for the annual meetings in 1989 with Teresa Montini. 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/or serve as advisor to various student groups such as MUJER, MEChA, McNair Scholars, MASGAS and XGC, Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE), and Balet Folklórico Luna y Sol.

Some of my publications are found in the Journal of Equity and Excellence in Education, Volume 45(3): 525-538, Mothers, Mothering and Motherhood Across Cultural Differences (2014) 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 awarded a two year grant from the Ford Foundation to document services for Bi-national Students in collaboration with a group of grassroots education advocate groups in Mexico.

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.

I joined the faculty of the Mexican American Studies Department at San José State University in 2000 where I teach the core graduate seminars in theory and methodology; and undergraduate courses in sexuality and gender, human immigration, political economy, Chicana/os and Hollywood, Chicana/o literature, leadership and advocacy, and race & ethnicity in public space.

I served as Undergraduate Adviser for MAS from 2000-20012. I have served on various university, department and college committees (Research, Curriculum, Program Planning, RTP, etc).

I am a member of  the National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS), the American Library Association, the Oral History Association, and the American Sociological Association.

I am a lifetime member of the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association and have served as it's President (2010-2012), Scholarship Coordinator (2013) and Ex-Oficio President (2012-2013).  With the CLFSA I coordinate the Dr. Ernesto Galarza Scholarship for SJSU continuing student activists for the Chicana/o community and transfer students from SJCC and EVC.

In Fall 2014 in collaboration with Fernanda Karp of the Office for Student Affairs I submitted a proposal to the Mexican Government for a grant to provide scholarships to Mexican Undocumented Students at SJSU (IME Becas).  We were awarded $43,000 and will be giving scholarships to several students for the 2015-2016 academic year.