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Julie Weise

Associate Professor of History, University of Oregon

Julie M. Weise is an historian of Mexico-U.S. migration and global migration. Her award-winning book, Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 (UNC Press, 2015), was the first to recount the century-long history of Mexican migration to the U.S. South, a region usually assumed to be only black and white. Thanks to the NEH OpenBook program, the entire book is now free forever at your favorite E-book site.

Her current project, "Guest Worker: Lives across Borders in an Age of Prosperity" (under contract with UNC Press), explores the intertwined social and policy histories of temporary worker programs in the Americas, Europe, and southern Africa from the 1920s through the 1970s.

Weise is also an active public historian and pedagogue. She co-founded the Nuestro South youth social media project (, the Teach in Spanglish bilingual curriculum (, and the University of Oregon DREAMer Ally Training. She has published articles about immigration in outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic, and as been interviewed by NPR and among others.

Prior to joining academia, from 2001-2 Weise worked in the administration of Mexico’s President Vicente Fox as a speechwriter and researcher for the cabinet-level Office of the President for Mexicans Living Abroad. She has also worked as a translator, paralegal, project manager, and policy researcher at immigration-related agencies in New Haven and Los Angeles.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Oregon


  • 2009 
    Yale University, Ph.D. in History


Merle Curti Prize for best book in U.S. social history, Organization of American Historians (2016); Co-winner, CRL James book award, Working Class Studies Association (2016)