Professor of History
Julia teaches history and writing, including an introductory academic writing course and a research and writing seminar on the history of world Christianity. Julia is Catholic. From Tucson, she grew up traveling across the Arizona/Sonora borderlands. Julia writes nonfiction and fiction. She is the author of Chinese Mexicans: Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland, 1910-1960 (North Carolina, 2012). A spinoff set on a broader canvas, her current book project is: Chinese Latinos: Forging the Transpacific Family, Diasporic Community, and Memory. An article manuscript from this project is currently under consideration with an academic journal. Julia’s short nonfiction appears in a recent issue of Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her short fiction appears in The Florida Review. An excerpt from her historical novel manuscript, Across the Pacific—about the personal consequences of a vicious anti-Chinese crusade in Mexico—appears in The Hopper and was nominated for Best of the Net Anthology. An excerpt from A Sensible Man, a historical romance novel, appears in The Coachella Review. Another short historical fiction piece, inspired by the life of Afong Moy and told from the perspective of her interpreter and attendant, Atung, has been accepted in a Women’s Fiction Writers Association anthology, Feisty Deeds: Historical Fictions of Daring Women, forthcoming on International Women’s Day, 2024. Julia previously taught at Antioch College, Sarah Lawrence College, Williams College, and the University of Texas at El Paso. See Julia’s website.
Chinese Mexicans (North Carolina, 2012)
“Afong Moy and Early US Exoticism.” Invited lecture for “Under the Big Top: A Look Back at the American Circus” at the Middlebury Public Library, forthcoming, December 2023.
“Remembering the Expulsions of Chinese and Chinese-Mexican Families from Northern Mexico, 1930s-1960s.” Roundtable participant at the Latin American Studies Association-East Asia Network Joint Congress, Rethinking Trans-Pacific Ties: Asia and Latin America, 15-19 February 2022.
“Chinese Latinos in Twentieth-Century Hong Kong and Macau.” Invited Zoom talk for the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, 17 April 2021.
“Writing Across Genres: Chinese-Mexican Ties and Chinese Expulsion from Mexico in Nonfiction and Fiction.” Paper/session given at the Historical Writers of America Annual Conference. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, 10-13 October 2019.
“Overseas Chinese in Latin America: Cross-Cultural Ties, Expulsion, and Transpacific Families, 1910s-1980s.” Invited talk at Beijing University, China, 25 March 2019.
“The Galleon Trade & Chinese Exclusion in Mexico through Race and Gender.” Invited visiting faculty talk at The Chinese Exclusion Act and Immigration in America NEH Summer Institute at the Museum of Chinese in America, New York, New York, 12 July 2016.
“Frontiers of Borderlands History: Gender, Nation, and Empire.” Roundtable participant at the Conference on Latin American History, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 7-10 January 2016.
CORE 110 Academic Voice: Speaking and Writing.
CORE 173 World Christianity: Research and Writing Seminar.
GLST 271 Latino Community Histories: Oral and Public History Methods.
GLST 241/HIST 313 Transpacific Asian Americas: U.S. Midwest Focus.
HIST 211 Modern World History: Revolution.
HIST 314 Modern China.
HIST 411 Senior Seminar.