Julie Dowling

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Julie A. Dowling (PhD Sociology UT-Austin, 2004) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has published articles on Latino racial identity construction and racial attitudes in a variety of journals including Social Science Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, Latino Studies, Migraciones Internacionales, and theSouthwest Journal of Linguistics. Her publications have received multiple accolades including the Distinguished Contribution to Research Award for “Best Article” from the Latino/a Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, and an Honorable Mention for the 2009 Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award. Dr. Dowling's book, Mexican Americans and the Question of Race (2014, UT-Austin Press), explores the disjuncture between federal definitions and regional constructions of race, examining Mexican American responses to the U.S. Census race question. Dr. Dowling is originally from Texas, the daughter of a Mexican American mother from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and an Irish American father from the Midwest.

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Julie Dowling is currently working on two projects. The first is focused on what messages Mexican American parents give their children about racial identity and ideology. The second project is an exploration of how US-born Latina women navigate gender roles and the relationship between their beliefs about gender and their racial/cultural identities. In addition to these projects, she is currently in her third year on the US Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee (NAC). During summer 2016 she completed an 18-month term as convener of a NAC working group focused on enumerating the hard to count populations, including racial/ethnic minorities, homeless persons, immigrants, LGBTQ, and other vulnerable groups. This work culminated in recommendations and a report to assist the Census in reaching these communities.

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Department of Latina/Latino Students
1207 W. Oregon Street, M/C 136
Urbana, IL 61801

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