Author Archives: Julia Brookins

About Julia Brookins

Julia Brookins is special projects coordinator at the AHA, and a historian of US immigration and citizenship. She has been an individual AHA member since 2007. On the blog, you will probably see her updates about AHA activities related to teaching, career exploration for students of history, and diversity, as well as some of her picks for What We’re Reading. On the AHA staff, she directs several grant projects, helps to prepare new grant applications, and is the point person for the elected Teaching Division. Julia enjoys her work supporting public-spirited scholars, educators, and other professionals who have an interest in history.

In her research, Julia is interested in the history of immigrant integration, especially in the United States. Her current project uses the case of 19th-century German migration to Texas to examine how immigrant groups have altered American nationalism and citizenship since the 1840s, and how immigrants have helped to reproduce racial hierarchies in the United States.

Earned Citizenship

Currently, people become U.S. citizens in three main ways: they are born in the states or territories, they derive their citizenship from their American parent(s) because they were born abroad, or they naturalize after immigrating. 

An Update on the February 2013 Tuning Meeting

In the face of wintry weather in some states and a chilly political climate for the humanities in others, dozens of historians shared the warmth of professional community near the AHA offices in Capitol Hill earlier this month.

Mellon Grant Meetings in New Orleans

In December, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the American Historical Association and the Modern Language Association grants for broadening the career horizons of humanities PhDs. At its 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans, the AHA hosted the project’s initial conversations.