Curry, Julia E

Curry, Julia E

Associate Professor, Mexican American Studies





Preferred: (408) 924-5310

Office Hours

Fall Semester 2016- 10:00-11:40 am and by appointment. Location: King Library, 5th floor, Cultural Heritage Center Program Room.

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

For many years I have worked to institutionalize services, support and resources for immigrant students (known commonly as "Dreamers").  I am proud to be working on a committee to make a center a possibility at SJSU.  With the help of many people beginning in 2002 - this is a dream come true.  A Welcome Reception for immigrant Students took place on August 25, 4-6pm at the Diaz Compean Student Union.  Fall 2016 I organized an UndocuAlly group for people interested in knowing how to serve undocumeted students at SJSU. We have over 600 students in this catgory.  The VP for Student Affairs and the Provost have supported the establishment of a Resource Center for Undocumented Immigrant Students which we hope will open 2016-2017 academic year. A committee for this effort was established in late May 2016 it includes 4 students, two staff members and 2 faculty.  We have met regularly since.  Over the summer we visited some Dream Centers, organized a table for Frosh Orientation and developed a handbook to offer some resources to students.

I am currently 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.

My teaching schedule Fall 2016 semester: August 24-December 12.

  • Tu/Th 12:00-1:15, MAS 30-01:  Race and Ethnicity in Public Space  -Clark Hall 238

Final Exam Date and Time:  Monday, December 19, 9:45am - 12:00 noon

  • Tu/Th 3:00-4:15PM,  MAS 30-02: Race and Ethnicity in Public Space-Clark Hall 238

Final Exam Date and Time:  Tuesday, December 20, 2:45-5:00pm

  • Saturday 10:30-3:00 -MAS 210: Foundations in Chicana & Chicano Studies (Graduate Seminar) Last class meeting:  December 10, 10:30-3:00pm Pedagogical Praxis/Lectures by students.  Meeting includes Dean Walt Jacobs. 

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:  Eliminate Campus Sexual Misconduct, 2 hours, May 2016
  • EDU:  Preventing Discrimination and Harassment for Non-Supervisors, 2 hours May 2016
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) IRB Members - Basic/Refresher Curriculum, United States, 2014


My Childhood and Educational Path

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. 

My Research

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.

Elected Offices in Professional Organizations

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 I was 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 (ASA) 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 Treasurer/Secretary for the Section on Race and Ethnic Relations.

My Roles as Mentor and Adviser

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.

Mentor Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

The CDIP has been instrumental in building the Pipeline of URM students to the professoriate.  I have the honor of serving as mentor for the following former and current students:

Horacio N. Roque Ramírez, completed his Ph.D in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Went on to achieve Associate Professor status at UC Santa Barbara where he taught and mentored many students until his untimely death in 2015.

Jenny M. Luna, completed her Ph.D. in Native American Studies at UC Davis.  Went on to tenure track posts at New Mexico State University and CSU Channel Islands.  

Frank Ortega, completed his Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at Diablo Valley College.

Juan Pablo Mercado, is currenlty finishing the Ph.D. in History at UC Los Angeles.  Fall 2016 he joined the faculty of Chabot College as an Assistant Professor

My Publications

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).

Extramural Grants

I have received external grants from the Ford Foundation to document services for Bi-national Students (i.e., immigrant students), 2003-2006, $150,000.  I collaborated with a group of grassroots education advocate from Mexico and the U.S. IME-BECAS, 2014-2015 $43,000 (in collaboration with Fernanda Karp).  Juntos Podemos/IME Becas, 2015-2016 $40,000 with $40,000 match from the SJSU President's Scholarship Fund.  The SJ Mexican Consulate has awarded us $16,000 for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.  CLFSA graciously pledged 15,000 as we received no campus match this year.  I must work to raise this money.

Previous Teaching History

Prior to coming to SJSU I taught at both gradaute and undergraduate courses at UCLA (1988), Arizona State University (1988-1990)*, UC Berkeley (1990-1998)*, Holy Names College (1999-2000) and York University (2003) in Toronto, Canada. (*these were tenure-track appointments).

My SJSU history, accomplishments and contributions to my department, College and University.

I joined the faculty of the Mexican American Studies Department at San José State University in 2000.  I teach the core graduate seminars in Theory and Methodology; and undergraduate courses in Sexuality and Gender, Human Immigration, Political Economy Leadership and Advocacy, and Race & Ethnicity in Public Space.  Since coming to SJSU I have developed MAS 11 (which is now MAS 30 a GE Area D1 course), MAS 175, MAS 196 (an experimental class on leadership and advocacy), MAS 210 - the core Theory Graduate course for our department, and revamped the MAS 275 Research Methods Course.  I have successfully retained GE status for MAS 160 in Area S.  Most recently I developed the MAS Introduction to Chicana and Chicano Studies which will serve the development of our BA major. I assisted in the development of MAS 2, MAS 151 and MAS 152.  I led the work on the Program Self Study for Program Planning in 2014 and did the preliminary work for the Department Major. I represented the department at the Undergraduate Studies Committee Meeting fielding questions on our proposal.  I assisted with language for revisions requested by both the UGS and Curriculum & Research Committees. 

In 2016 I celebrated my 15th year and was given the title, "Millenial Professor" along with all faculty hired in 2000 at SJSU!  I am keeping that title.

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).  From 2006 to 2012 I organized the department graduation ceremony. I am a senator representing the College of Social Sciences on the SJSU Academic Senate since 2015.  I have attended the SJSU Commencement at Spartan Stadium as greeter, hooder, and marshall every year since 2001 (my first spring at SJSU).  While we were part of the College of Social Work, I attended all College Graduation Ceremonies. 

Professional Memberships and Leadership Positions Held

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 to present) 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.

Since  2014  with support the University Provost I have worked on the development of our Immigrant Student Resources. I have received the Excessive Service to Students release for this work.