Associate Professor of History
The Catholic University of America
Dr. Julia Young is an Associate Professor of History at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She conducts research, writes, and speaks about the history of migration from Mexico and Latin America, as well as the history of migration policy in the United States. Her prize-winning book, Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War (Oxford University Press, 2015), examines Mexican emigrants in the United States during a church-state conflict in the 1920s. She has published scholarly articles on migration and Mexican history in The Americas, The Catholic Historical Review, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, and the Journal on Migration and Human Security. Dr. Young has been a research fellow at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, as well as the Institute for Policy Research at Catholic University. She is currently writing two new books: one about the ways immigration history can inform contemporary policy debates; and another about right-wing Catholicism in Mexico during the twentieth century. She frequently writes for the media and speaks to the public about immigration, border issues, and Catholic immigration history. She is an advocate for immigration rights who was proudly arrested alongside 70 other peaceful protestors at the Catholic Day of Action in Washington, D.C. on July 18, 2019.