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Julia E. Curry

Curry, Julia E.

Asst Professor,  Mexican American Studies

Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-5310

Office Hours
Monday 2:00-4:00, Tuesday 3:30-5:00pm, and by appointment. Location: King Library, Cultural Heritage Center, Room 525

Hello, 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. The best way to reach me is by email: Note that MAS has relocated to the Student Services Center (SSC) -10TH STREET GARAGE -note that building is open 9-4 pm! My teaching schedule Spring 2014: Tu/Th 10:30-11:45am, MAS 160-02: Gender & Sexuality, (GE AREA S) Clark 117 1:30-2:45pm, MAS 74: Public Speaking Clark 238 Saturday 10:30-3:00 -Research Methodologies in Chicana & Chicano Studies (grad seminar) First 2 Class Meetings: January 25 and February 1 see syllabus for complete schedule.



  • 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/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).