Julie Leininger Pycior

Professor of History Emeritus


PhD, University of Notre Dame
MA, University of Notre Dame
BA (with honors), Michigan State University

Courses Taught

Courses no longer offered. 
Courses previously taught*: H490/Senior Seminar: Biography and Memoir*; H444/American Biography; H371/The American West*; H366: US Labor Patterns and Movements*; H362/US Foreign Relations, 1900- ; H350/Women's History*; H347/The Sixties*; H322: Special Topics: Immigration to the United States*; H318/Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean*; H225/ Hispanic America*; H210/Great Issues in American History; H207/US since 1876

*Courses created by me

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    Articles (selected)

    • "The Shadow of Father Coughlin," The Catholic Worker, October/November 2021
    • "Merton at 100: Reflections on The Seven Storey Mountain" (with Lawrence Cunningham, James Martin, SJ and Monica Weiss, SSJ), American Catholic Studies, July 2015
    • "'Vale Más La Revolución Que Viene': Ernesto Galarza and Transnational Scholar Activism,” in Leaders of the Mexican American Generation, Anthony Quiroz, editor (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015)
    • "Sargent Shriver," in American National Biography, Susan Ware, editor (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)
    • “Making History,” in Moving Beyond Borders: Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino Studies (University of Illinois Press, 2009)
    • “Bearing Witness: Catherine de Hueck Doherty and the ‘Gospel of Dorothy Day’,” U.S. Catholic Historian (spring 2008)         
    • “Tejanas Navigating the 1920s,” in Tejano Epic: Essays in Honor of Félix Almaráz, Jr., Arnoldo De León, editor (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2005)
    • “‘We Are All Called To Be Saints’: Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and Friendship House,” The Merton Annual, 2001 
    • “Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton,” in Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: Centenary Essays, William J. Thorn, Phillip M. Runkel, and Susan Mountin, editors (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1999)
    • “Mexican American Organizations," The Handbook of Texas, Roy R. Barkley, editor (Texas State Historical Association, 1996)    
    • “Henry B. Gonzalez,” in Profiles in Power: Twentieth-Century Texans in Washington, Kenneth Hendrickson and Michael Collins, editors (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993; revised edition, 2004 

     Public Lectures

    • Mexican Americans and the Legacy of the Mutualista Movement, Mexican American Civil Rights Institute, San Antonio, Texas: presented online, October 21, 2021
    • "Bearing Witness: Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and the Question of Belief in Times of Crisis," University of Detroit Mercy, October 21, 2016
    • "Democratic Renewal and the Mutual Aid Legacy of US Mexicans"
      - University of Detoit Mercy, October 21, 2016
      - for the Forum on Migration, Barnard College/Columbia University, March 11, 2015
      - for the 25th. Anniv. Conference, Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State     
        University, October 31, 2014
    • "Mexicans in New York City before 1960," Riverdale/Yonkers Ethical Culture Society, October 21, 2012
    • Transnational Symposium Lecture of the Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University. “Transnational Labor Activism: Lessons from the Mexican-heritage Community," March 17, 2010
    • Inaugural Rita Cassella Jones Lecture on American Catholic Women, Curran Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Fordham University. “‘The Gospel of Dorothy Day’ and the Friendship House Movement of Catherine de Hueck Doherty,” November 3, 2005
    • Keynote Lecture, De León Symposium, Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria. “Tejanas in Perspective,” April 30, 2005
    • Keynote Lecture, Hispanic Heritage Month, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX. “LBJ and Mexican Americans,” September 17, 2001  

     Academic papers (selected)

    • "Julian Samora and Engaged Scholarship in Times of Crisis," 30th. Anniversary Conference, "Latina/os and the Renewal of Democracy," Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, October 31, 2019
    • "What Would Thomas Merton Think?" "(Re)imagining Catholic Vocation," Union Theological Seminary, March 30, 2019
    • "Tragic Labor Trailblazers: Clemente and Federico Idar," North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, October 22, 2016
    • The panel organizer, and a paper presenter, for "Empire City: Intersecting Diasporas and Migrant Neighbors in Twentieth-century New York," American Historical Association, Jan. 8, 2016, Atlanta, GA
    • "Oral History in the History of Mexican American Activism," invited presentation for the conference "Latinos, the Voting Rights Act, and Political Engagement," University of Texas at Austin, November 12, 2015
    • "Mexican Americans and LBJ's Education Policies," invited presentation, conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act, Texas State University, November 4, 2015
    • "Ernesto Galarza and Transnational Scholar Activism," Western History Association, Newport Beach, California, October 18, 2014
    • "Precursors: Mexicans in New York before 1970," paper solicited by the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies for the conference "Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration" May 10, 2013
    • "Mutualista Organizing by US Mexicans and Its Enduring Legacy," Florida Conference of Historians, March 2, 2013
    • An organizer of the conference “Mexican Catholics in New York City,” Fordham University, March 25, 2011/. Also presented the paper “Mexican Catholics in New York before 1960"
    • “Important but Neglected: Midwest Latino/a Biography and Memoir,” 20th Anniversary Conference, Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, November 6, 2009
    • “Making History,” National Association of Chicana/o Studies, New Brunswick, NJ, April 10, 2009
    • “Julian Samora and the Johnson White House,” American Studies Association,  Albuquerque, NM, October 18, 2008
    • “The Johnson Administration and Mexican Immigration,” Texas State Historical Association, Corpus Christi, March 7, 2008
    • “Tejana Activists, 1910-1930: An Overview,” at the conference “Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History” University of Texas at Austin, October 17, 2003
    • “Radical Pilgrims: Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day,” The International Thomas Merton Society, New York chapter, March 23, 2002
    • “The Mexican Community in New York City: Precursors,” New York State Historical Association, Fordham University, Bronx, New York, June 12, 2000
    • “‘That Wide-eyed, Observant Child’: The Early Years of Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton,” at  the conference “The Legacies of Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day: ‘What Then Must We Do?’” Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire, April 4, 1998
    • “Política y Sociedad,” at the conference “El Conservadurismo en Estados Unidos y Canadá,” Centro de Investigaciones Sobre América del Norte, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Nov. 25, 1997  

    Member of the Board

    Media Activities     

    • Quoted in USA TodayAssociated PressAustin American-StatesmanSan Antonio Express-NewsImpremedia
    • Writer/contributor, Huffington Post, 2012-2016
    • "Interview with Julie Leininger Pycior," Louisville Institute, March 2014
    • Credited on webpage of the Bill Moyers PBS television essay "Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Religion" 2012  
    • Historical advisor, The Longoria AffairAmerican Experience, John Valadez, Senior Producer. Nominated for an Emmy. 2010  
    • Interviewed, and an advisor, Justice for My People: The Dr. Héctor P. García Story, South Texas Public Broadcasting.  2003/2007  
    • Historical advisor, Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, Hector Galán, Senior Producer, National Latino Communication Center 1996
    • @JulieLeiningerP



  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    Catholic Media Association/Association of Catholic Publishers, first prize for history, 2021, for Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and the Greatest Commandment: Radical Love in Times of Crisis

    Catholic Press Association, third place, scholarly articles, for "Merton at One Hundred: Reflections on The Seven Storey Mountain," with Lawrence Cunningham, James Martin, SJ and Monica Weiss, SSJ, American Catholic Studies, July 2015

    Texas Historical Commission Award for LBJ and Mexican Americans: the Paradox of Power (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997) 

    Grants: Institute for Research in History, LBJ Presidential Library, Lilly Foundation, Schumann Foundation