Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
University of Oregon
Website URL
Immigration, Mexico-U.S. border, citizenship, global migration, race and ethnicity; U.S. South
Additional Contact Information
Able to be interviewed in English or Spanish.

Personal Info

About Me

Julie M. Weise is an award-winning historian of Mexican migration and a frequent contributor of op-eds and media interviews about immigration, citizenship, and race. She has particular expertise in the history of Mexican migration to the U.S. South. Her book, Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910, was the first to reconstruct the surprisingly long histories of Mexican migration to Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and North Carolina.

Weise’s current research expands her focus to global migration history with transborder research on migrations in Europe, the Americas, and Africa during the post-World War II decades.

Her experiences beyond the academy include two years as a speechwriter and researcher for the Mexican government’s Office of the President for Mexicans Living Abroad as well as experience as an immigration paralegal. She also co-produced the Nuestro South podcast.

Weise received her Ph.D. from Yale in 2009 and is currently an associate professor at the University of Oregon.

Recent Publications

Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Book companion website with primary sources for teaching:

“Introduction: Immigration History and the End of Southern Exceptionalism,” special issue, “Multi-ethnic Immigration and the U.S. South,” Journal of American Ethnic History, 2019.

La Revolución Institucional: The Mexican New Deal in the U.S. South, 1920-80,” chapter invited for Shaped By the State: Toward a New Political History of the 20th Century, ed. Lily Geismer, Brent Cebul and Mason Williams. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.

“Dispatches from the ‘Viejo’ New South: Historicizing Recent Latino Migrations,” Latino Studies 10:1-2, special issue, “Latinos in the U.S. South,” May 2012.

Media Coverage
Op-eds in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle,, Raleigh News & Observer, and others; interviews on NPR, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and others
Country Focus
Mexico, United States
Expertise by Geography
Central America, Latin America, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Labor, Migration & Immigration, Race, Rural & Agrarian History