Meet the Team
John Garcia – RMCD Director
The current Archive director of Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) is no stranger to ICPSR and the University of Michigan. He attended the summer program as a graduate student in 1969 and has almost a continuous relationship with the program and other units within the Institute for Social Research. His roles have included visiting researcher, instructor in the summer program, and short-term instructor for some four-week workshops. In August, 2010, Dr. Garcia accepted a permanent position at ICPSR. Prior to that, he helda Professorship in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in government at Florida state University (1972). He received a NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Urban Affairs – Northwestern University before accepting a position at the University of Arizona. His term as Archive Director began in August 2009 with a vision to build upon the successful accomplishments of this relatively new unit.
His primary areas of research and teaching are: minority group politics, especially Latinos; political behavior; political mobilization; urban politics; social survey research; and public policy. He has published nine books and over fifty-five articles and book chapters. In addition his involvement in the American Political Science Association has been as Vice-President; Secretary; Executive Council member; Latino Caucus Chair, Section chair; Award committees; Co-Program chair of 1999 meeting; and recipient of the Goodnow Award for contributions to the discipline and association. In addition, he has served on the Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Directorate of the National Science Foundation and Executive Council of ICPSR. He has been a co-PI to the Latino National Political Survey and the Latino National Survey, as well as researcher for the National Chicano Survey. He has served on numerous community and governmental boards and committees, as well as a regular expert source for print and video media, both nationally and internationally.
Daphne Lin – RCMD Programmer and IT Liaison
Daphne Lin was born in Taiwan and graduated from Tamkang University majoring in History. Daphne holds a Master's degree in Education Administration from University of Michigan and a Master's in Computer Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University. She has ten years of IT experience with an extensive focus on advanced web development. Her current responsibilities include supporting web and software development for the RCMD archive and designing, building, and maintaining ICPSR Variable Search software implementing DDI 2 and 3 protocol. Prior to joining RCMD/ICPSR in 2007, Daphne worked as a senior software engineer, an education administrator, a college lecturer, and a high school teacher.
Abayomi Israel – RCMD Processor
Abayomi Israel was born in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago and is a 2007 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, where he double majored in Mathematics and Economics. After being the first intern in the 2005 ICPSR Summer Program, Abay returned to ICPSR in August of 2007 as a Research Technician Senior with the Minority Data Resource Center (MDRC). His most recent studies include the American Community Survey Series, Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging and the Survey and Assessment of Vietnamese Youth (SAVY). In addition, he works with senior technology staff in the development of dynamic tools to increase batch processing efficiency and innovative methods for displaying data interactively, and is the 2009 ICPSR summer internship coordinator. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts program in Applied Economics at the University of Michigan. With experiences ranging from pharmaceutical and demographic research in the Caribbean to investment banking in Manhattan, Abay plans to one day pursue a Ph.D. in Economics with a concentration in international development.
David L. Thomas – RCMD Project/Processing Manager
David Thomas has been with ICPSR since 2003 and an University of Michigan employee since 2001. As a processing supervisor he supervises staff in both the General Archive and RCMD. He began his ICPSR career by processing ABC News/Washington Post and CBS News/New York Times polls. Now, his team is responsible for processing public opinion polls for ICPSR. In addition to polling data, his team processes the National Election Pool data, the American National Election Survey data, American Community Survey, and the Latino National Survey for ICPSR.