Santa Clara University

Sociology department

Alma M. Garcia

Professor of Sociology
Office: O'Connor Hall 306
Phone: 408/554-4511

Her research interests include Mexican American communities, immigration & second-generation populations, political economy of Latin American development, race, class & gender and oral history. She has published several books: Narratives of Mexican American Women: Emergent Identities Among the Second Generation (Altamira Press, 2004); The Mexican Americans (Greenwood Press, 2002); Race and Ethnicity (ed.) (Greenhaven Press, 2000) and Chicana Feminist Thought (Ed.) (Routledge, 1998). One of her journal articles, "The Development of Chicana Feminist Discourse, 1970-1980" originally appeared in Gender & Society in 1989 and has been reprinted in eighteen anthologies and textbooks. In 2008, Dr’s Alma Garcia and Francisco Jimenez finished their oral history and were awarded the 2008 Elizabeth B. Manson Small Project Award from the Oral History Association for their "Legacy Oral History Project of Mexican American Community Activists in San Jose, California, 1960-2000". Dr. Garcia’s book (co-authored with Dr. Francisco Jimenez), Ethnic Community Builders: Mexican Americans in Search of Justice and Power, The Struggle for Citizenship Rights in San Jose, California was finished and published in 2007 (Alta Mira Press). Dr. Garcia has received several grants for her project on "Latina Day Laborers in San Jose, CA".

She teaches courses in Social Problems, Race, Class & Gender, Women and Social Change in Latin America, Immigration & Children of Immigrants, Ethnic Businesses in the United States and Qualitative Methods.

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