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Julian Lim

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Julian Lim is an assistant professor of History at Arizona State University. She holds a bachelor's degree in literature and a law degree from University of California-Berkeley, and received her doctorate in history from Cornell University. Trained in history and law, she focuses on immigration, borders, and race, and has taught in both history department and law school settings.  

Lim's award-winning first book, "Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands(University of North Carolina Press, December 2017), examines the history of diverse immigrants in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and the development of immigration policy and law on both sides of the border. The book received the David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize for the best book on the American Southwest; the Outstanding Achievement in History award from the Association for Asian American Studies; the Humanities Book Award from the Institute for Humanities Research; and an Honorable Mention for the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award for the best book on U.S. immigration history.  

She has published articles on race, immigration and refugee law, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands in the Pacific Historical Review, the California Law Review, and the U.C. Irvine Law Review. She is also the recipient of various research and travel awards and fellowships. She is currently working on two separate projects: the first is a book about marriage priorities in U.S. immigration law, and the second is an exploration of migration, law, and American empire in the socio-legal borderlands that defined U.S. mainland and overseas expansion from the 1880s to the 1910s.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Lim will be on fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center.

 

Education
  • Ph.D. History, Cornell University, Department of History 2013
  • J.D. University of California-Berkeley School of Law 2003
  • B.A. English Literature, University of California-Berkeley 1998
Research Interests

U.S.-Mexico Border

Immigration

Frontiers and Borderlands

Comparative Race Relations

Nineteenth and Twentieth Century U.S. History

Race and Law

Publications

BOOKS:

  • Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, December 2017)
    • Winner, 2019 Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in History, Association for Asian American Studies
    • Winner, 2019 Humanities Book Award, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University
    • Winner, 2018 David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America, Western History Association
    • Honorable Mention, 2018 Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award for Best Book on U.S. Immigration History, Immigration and Ethnic History Society

ARTICLES:

  • “Immigration, Plenary Powers, and Sovereignty Talk: Then and Now,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.(7,000 words) (forthcoming, manuscript submitted) 
  • “Immigrants and the State: Assessing the Promise and Perils of U.S. Immigration Legislation,” co-authored with Maddalena Marinari, Modern American History 2 (forthcoming 2018), 1-4.
  • “A Shadow on the Past: Teaching and Studying Migration and Borders in the Age of Trump,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (forthcoming). 
  • “Reconceptualizing Asian Pacific American Identity at the Margins,” UC Irvine Law Review 3:4 (2014): 1151-77.
  • “Immigration, Asylum, and Citizenship: A More Holistic Approach,” California Law Review 101:4 (2013): 1013-77.
  • Chinos and Paisanos: Chinese-Mexican Relations in the Borderlands,” Pacific Historical Review 79:1 (2010): 50-85.
  • “Tongue Tied in the Market: The Relevance of Contract Law to Racial-Language Minorities,” California Law Review 91 (2003): 579-620.

Op-eds and Public Writings:

Research Activity

CURRENT WORKS IN PROGRESS:

  • Book: Domestic Boundaries: Marriage and Immigration Law in U.S. History
  • Book: Aliens and Empire: Immigration and the Borders of U.S. Expansion
  • Article: “Monogamous Borders: Race, Religion, and the Anti-Polygamy Bar in U.S. Immigration Law”
  • Article: “Plenary Powers: Indians and Immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1870-1910”
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
HST 494Special Topics
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
HST 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
HST 325Immigration & Ethnicity in US
HST 494Special Topics
HST 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 325Immigration & Ethnicity in US
HST 494Special Topics
HST 591Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
HST 325Immigration & Ethnicity in US
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 325Immigration & Ethnicity in US
HST 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 325Immigration & Ethnicity in US
HST 494Special Topics