Jerry Garcia, PhD

Jerry Garcia Sr. Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
Ethnic Studies
Blg SBS West Bldg 70 Rm #218
Phone: 928-523-9414


  • Chicano Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • U.S. History
  • Asians in the Americas


Dr. Garcia received his doctorate from Washington State University and had academic appointments with Iowa State University, Michigan State University, and is the former Director of the Chicano Education Program and the College Assistance Migrant Program at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Garcia’s research focus is on Chicano History, Latin American History, History of Mexico, Asians in the Americas, immigration, empire, masculinity, and race in the Americas. Dr. Garcia’s most recent book Looking Like the Enemy: Japanese Mexicans, the Mexican State, and U.S. Hegemony, 1897-1945, was released by the University of Arizona Press, February 25, 2014 My initial research on the Japanese in Mexico explores their condition as immigrants and how they adapted through the turbulent period of Mexican history of the first half of the twentieth century. In addition, my research compares the Japanese Mexican experience with the Japanese American and to a lesser extent, the Chinese. Looking Like the Enemy also examines the Japanese Mexican experience during World War II. The book delves deeply into the experiences of the Japanese on both sides of the border during World War II, illuminating the similarities and differences in their treatment. Although some Japanese Mexicans were eventually interned (at the urging of the US government), in general the fear and vitriol that Japanese Americans encountered never reached the same levels in Mexico. I have also published on the Chicano experience in the Pacific Northwest. Memory, Community, and Activism: Mexican Migration and Labor in the Pacific Northwest was published by the Julian Zamora Research Institute and Michigan State University Press Memory, Community, and Activism is the first book-length study to critically examine the Mexican experience in the Pacific Northwest. Many books deal with Chicano history, but few ever attempt to interpret or analyze it beyond the confines of the American Southwest and on Mexican immigration to the U.S. I have also published various articles such as “The Measure of a Cock: Mexican Cockfighting, Culture, and Masculinity,” in Chon A. Noriega and Wendy Belcher, Editors, I AM AZTLAN: The Personal Essay in Chicano Studies. UCLA: Chicano Studies Research Center
As one reviewer stated “My wordplay on "cock" serves to introduce the homo-social bonding that takes place during traditional Mexican cockfights. I recall my father's passion for the pastime and explain how ideas of machismo and masculinity inform this cultural practice, as well as family relations.” I have also written online articles for ABC-CLIO The Latino American Experience, which includes “Becoming Latino: Empires, Hierarchies, and Immigrants.” This article can be accessed at “The American Challenge: Immigration Reform with Dignity,” can be accessed at Forthcoming works include “Japanese Presence in Latin America.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies. Ed. Ben Vinson. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming. Manuscripts in process include the Japanese in Mexico since World War II; Mexican Cockfighting and Masculinity; and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. J. Garcia teaches in the fields of Chicano Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, U.S. History, and Asians in the Americas. His courses include:

Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Introduction to Chicano Culture
Chicano History
Chicano Literature
Chicanos/Latinos in the U.S. Media
Mexican Immigration to the U.S.
Liberation and Social Change
Latin American History
History of Mexico