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Julie A. Dowling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Departments of Sociology and Gender and Women's 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, and Latino Studies. Her article 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 research has focused on the US Census and how definitions of race and ethnicity are understood by Latinos. Her 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. The book received an Honorable Mention for the Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award from the American Sociological Association which recognizes the best book published in the field of sociology of race/ethnicity. She has continued her work on US Census issues, serving on the US Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC) for six years (2014-2020), and chairing the committee from 2019 through Census 2020. This committee makes important recommendations on issues related to counting vulnerable populations, including racial/ethnic and linguistic minorities.
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.
Racial Attitudes and Ideology
Gender and Sexuality
Julie Dowling is currently working on a project on how various racial groups feel about the government. The project draws on interviews in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as original survey data from Illinois and California.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Associate Professor, Sociology
Mora, C., Dowling, J. A., & Rodríguez-Muñiz, M. (2021). “Mostly Rich White Men, Nothing in Common”: Latino Views on Political (Under) Representation in the Trump Era. American Behavioral Scientist, 65(9), 1180-1192. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764221996768
Dowling, J. A. (2018). What i want to pass onto the children: How latinos talk about race and culture. In Latino Peoples in the New America: Racialization and Resistance (pp. 155-172). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429423987-8
Dowling, J. A. (2014). Mexican Americans and the Question of Race. University of Texas Press. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7560/754010
Dowling, J. A., & Inda, J. X. (Eds.) (2013). Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader. Stanford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1515/9780804785419
Hempel, L. M., Dowling, J. A., Boardman, J. D., & Ellison, C. G. (2013). Racial Threat and White Opposition to Bilingual Education in Texas. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 35(1), 85-102. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739986312461626