NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE DISCUSSES MEXICAN MIGRATION TO THE DEEP SOUTH
SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “The Long History of Mexican Migration to the Deep South,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. The episode features Professor Julie Weise of the University of Oregon who discusses her book, Corazón de Dixie, the long history of Mexican migration to states in the Deep South, and the roots of anti-immigrant politics and policies in the region today. The episode is hosted by Beth English, President of the Southern Labor Studies Association.
Julie Weise is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon. She joined the OU history department in 2013 after four years as an Assistant Professor of International Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her research and teaching explore themes of identity, citizenship, migration, race, and nations in hemispheric and global context. Her first book, Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), includes five historical case studies of largely-forgotten communities: the Mexicans and Mexican Americans who, since 1910, have arrived into landscapes traditionally understood to be black-and-white (Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina). Her current project, Citizenship Displaced: Migrant Political Cultures in the Era of State Control, explores diverse migrant workers’ political consciousness and relationships to origin and destination states in the post-World War II period. In addition to academia, Weise has experience in the immigration policy arena, working from 2001-2002 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.