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Julia E. Curry

Curry, Julia E.

Assoc Professor,  Mexican American Studies

Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-5310

Office Hours
August 25-December 10, 2014 as follows: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 pm, Wednesdays 1:15-3:00 (except for the second Wednesday of each month) and by appointment at King Library, 5th floor, Cultural Heritage Center Program Room.

Hello, Welcome to Fall 2014! 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 (Xicano 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: 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 Fall 2014: Tu/Th 10:30-11:45am: MAS 30 Race & Ethnicity in Public Space -Sweeney Hall 435 T/Th 1:30-2:45pm, MAS 30: Race & Ethnicity in Public Space - Sweeney Hall 435 Wednesday 6-8:45 MAS 160-01: Gender & Sexuality in Mexican American Communities - Clark 238 Saturday 10:30-3:00 -Theoretical Foundations in Chicana & Chicano Studies (grad seminar) Dates: September 6, 13, and 27 October 11 and 25 November 1, 15 and 22 December 6 Official Classroom: Clark 318 also meet at CHC Program Room in King Library. I am the SJSU Distinguished Service Professor!



  • 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

Licenses & Certificates

  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) IRB Members - Basic/Refresher Curriculum
    CITI PROGRAM - certificate on file at SJSU IRB office, United States, 2014


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/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, 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; and undergraduate courses in sexuality and gender, human immigration, political economy, Chicana/os and Hollywood, Chicana/o Literature, and race & ethnicity. I am a member of the American Library Association, 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. 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 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).