Associate Professor of Instruction, Latina and Latino Studies
Office location: 1908 Sheridan Road
Dr. Myrna García (she/hers) holds a doctorate in ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in education from Fordham University. She teaches Latinx Studies courses, including “Latinx Chicago: Positionalities, Community Histories, & Academic Knowledges.” Her research draws upon oral histories, archival research, and ethnographic methods to document youth activism undertaken by members of the Chicago chapter of the Center for Autonomous Social Action (CASA), one of the most important transnational immigrant rights organizations to emerge from the Chicano Movement. CASA youth in the 1970s conceptualized a “sin fronteras politics” as a transnational imagining that brought ethnic Mexicans and other Latinas/os together, regardless of birthplace, generation, or citizenship status. García demonstrates how sin fronteras politics was not only a precursor to the political ideology articulated in contemporary immigrant rights protests across the United States, but also a theoretical construct with liberatory possibilities for social change.
García received the Daniel I. Linzer Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity in 2021. Her commitment to undergraduate success and mentorship drives her work with the Emerging Scholars Program, Undergraduate Research Program, and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, as well as her role as Faculty Chair of the Residential College of Cultural and Community Studies. Moreover, García has a rich record of community engagement. She served as a coach for Next Steps for Transformation, Antiracism Learning Studio, and she is on the advisory committee for the Aquí en Chicago project at the Chicago History Museum. Under the 2022 Racial Equity and Community Partnership Grant, García collaborates with Mudlark Theater to build bi-lingual Latinx theatrical frameworks, curriculum, and performances.