John Garcia John Garcia, Ph.D.

Director, Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD);
Interim Director, ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

Major Responsibilities

John Garcia is director of the Resource Center for Minority Data, interim director of the ICPSR Summer Program, and ICPSR's Director of Community Outreach.


Dr. Garcia's 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 eleven books and over sixty articles and book chapters.

He has been the recipient of nearly twenty grants to conduct research in his areas of interest, as well as instructor at the ICPSR Summer program spanning twenty-five years. His involvement in the American Political Science Association has been as Vice-President; Secretary; Executive Council member; Latino Caucus Chair; Section Chair; Bunche Award committee; Co-Program Chair of 1999 national APSA 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, member and Chair of the Hispanic Advisory committee for the 2000 Census, and past member of the ICPSR Governing Council. 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. In addition, the Society for Political Methodology established a scholarship in his name in 2008 to help graduate students to attend the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Science Research.

Garcia has a Bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas, a Master's in political science from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in government from Florida State University.

Selected Publications


Latinos and the New Millennium: Exploring Political Behaviors, Attitudes, and Policy Preferences (co-authored) Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Latinos Politics in America: Community of Interests and Culture. Rowman and Littlefield Pub., (2nd Edition), 2011.

Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (co-authored) Temple University Press, 2010.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

"A Holistic Alternative to Current Survey Research Approaches to Race" in Laura Gomez and Nancy Lopez Mapping Race: A Critical Reader on Health Disparities Research. Rutgers University Press (Rutgers' Series, Critical Issues in Health and Medicine), 2013.

"In the New Millennium: Latinos, Partisanship and Electoral Engagement" in William Crotty (Ed.) Party and Voter Polarization in America, 2013.

"Latino Immigrants: Transnationalism and Patterns of Multiple Citizenship Patterns" in David Leal and Jose Limon (editors) Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013.

"Immigrants and Alien Suffrage: Adding to the Discourse by Integrating Domestic Dual Residency, Globalization and Dual Citizenship" Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Vol. 24, 2012.

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