Cynthia Garcia


Cynthia García is a PhD candidate in the Modern Thought and Literature Program with minors in History and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Her research and teaching agenda engages with the fields of Chicanx/Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Urban Studies. García’s scholarly and curatorial work appears in Mapping the U.S. Latino Experience, a featured digital media experience for the inaugural exhibition ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States, located in the Molina Family Latino Gallery at The Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Her dissertation documents how Chicanx/Latinx communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago respond to the violence of geographical displacement and the racial homogenization of their communities through storytelling, public art, and activism. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, García performs close-readings of literary and historical texts, employs the tools of visual analysis, and interprets trends in demographic data.

Throughout her graduate career she has served as a mentor for the EDGE Program, the First-Generation Low-Income Partnership, and El Centro Chicano y Latino.

Selected Fellowships:

  • Pedagogy and Race Teaching Fellowship, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, 2021
  • Graduate Public Service Fellowship, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University, 2020
  • Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (DARE), Doctoral Fellowship, 2019-21
  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Fellowship, Stanford University, 2015-17


Research Interests

Field of Interest
Chicanx/Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies, Urban Studies, Space and Place, Women of Color Feminisms, Interdisciplinary Studies, Community-Engaged Research, Decolonial Thought