David G. Garcia
Moore Hall 2331
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

David G. Garcia

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., U.S. History, UCLA, 2006
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, UCLA, 2000
  • B.A., Sociology, Chicana/o Studies Specialization, UCLA, 1996

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching
  • UCLA Hellman Fellowship
  • University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Sociology at UC-Santa Barbara

Teaching & Research Interests

My research examines:

  • The interconnectivity of history and education, focusing on local educational histories of Mexican Americans
  • The pedagogy of Hollywood’s urban school genre
  • Chicana/o teatro (theater) as public revisionist history

My teaching interests include:

  • Chicana/o educational history
  • Chicana/o history & historiography
  • History methods in education, popular culture & media (film & TV)
  • Teatro, satire
  • Oral history

Select Publications

Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality. Oakland: University of California Press (2018). https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520296879

García, D.G., & T.J. Yosso. “‘Strictly in the Capacity of Servant’: The Interconnection Between Residential and School Segregation in Oxnard, California, 1934-1954.” History of Education Quarterly, 53.1 (2013): 64-89.

García, D.G., T.J. Yosso, & F.P. Barajas. “’A Few of the Brightest, Cleanest Mexican Children’: School Segregation as a Form of Mundane Racism in Oxnard, California, 1900-1940.” Harvard Educational Review 82.1 (2012): 1-25.

Yosso, T.J. & D.G. García. (2010). “Who are These Kids, Rejects from Hell?: Analyzing Hollywood Distortions of Latina/o High School Students.”  In E.G. Murillo, Jr., S.A. Villenas, R.Trinidad Galván, J. Sánchez Muñoz, C. Martínez, & M. Machado-Casas (eds.). Handbook of Latinos and Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (pp. 450-473).  New York: Rutledge.

García, D.G. “Transformations through Teatro: Culture Clash in a Chicana/o History Classroom.” Radical History Review 102 (2008): 111-130. Special issue on “History and Critical Pedagogies: Transforming Consciousness, Classrooms, and Communities.”

Yosso, T.J. & D.G. García. “‘Cause it’s not just me’: Walkout’s History Lessons Challenge Hollywood’s Urban School Formula.” Radical History Review 102 (2008): 171-184.

García, D.G. “Culture Clash Invades Miami: Oral Histories & Ethnography Center Stage.” Qualitative Inquiry 14.6 (2008): 865-895. Special issue on “Autoethnography, Critical Race Theory, and Performance.”