Peter Granda John Garcia, Ph.D.

Resource Center for Minority Data

Major Responsibilities

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


John Garcia's involvement with ICPSR dates back more than 40 years, when he attended the Summer Program as a graduate student in 1969. He served several stints as an instructor of a seminar on Latino Research Issues in the Summer Program since then, as well as visiting professor and director of the Resource Center for Minority Data since August 2009.

In August 2010, Garcia accepted a permanent position at ICPSR to continue his directorship of the RCMD, and to serve as Director of Community Outreach.

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.

His work at ICPSR and its parent organization the Institute for Social Research has been wide-ranging. After his initial experience with the Summer Program in 1969, he returned in 1977 as part of the National Chicano Research Network at the Survey Research Center at ISR for a two-week seminar on research approaches to the Chicano population. The next summer he was part of the first U.S. contingent to participate the Sampling Workshop for Foreign Statisticians taught by Leslie Kish.

In the late 1980s, Garcia helped add the Latino National Political Survey sample to the Panel Survey of Income Dynamics.

Garcia established and taught a research workshop on quantitative research on Latinos in the early 1990s, and since 2005 served as a co-instructor for the current Summer Program workshop on Methodological Issues of Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity. In the summer of 2010, Garcia was the principal instructor of that workshop.

He has had various administrative appointments at the University of Arizona beginning in 1982 and including service as head of the department of Political Science and acting director of the Mexican American Studies and Research Center.

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.


Garcia has published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles. In January 2010, Garcia and five other co-authors published Latino Lives in America, a comprehensive analysis of the implications of Latinos' population growth and geographic dispersion for American politics and society. The book was published by Temple University Press.