Desirée J. Garcia is an associate professor of film and media studies at Arizona State University. She is the author of "The Migration of Musical Film: From Ethnic Margins to American Mainstream" (Rutgers University Press, 2014). She has also published articles on race, ethnicity, and American film spectatorship in Film History, the Journal of American Ethnic History, and in the edited volume, "The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film" (2012). Recently, she won the support of the Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Andrew Mellon and Woodrow Wilson Foundations for the publication of her next book, "Show People: The Musical Stage and American Popular Culture." She has also been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University. Garcia previously worked as an associate producer for the PBS history documentary series American Experience. Her films include Zoot Suit Riots (2002) and Remember the Alamo (2004). She holds a bachelor's in history from Wellesley College and a doctorate in American studies from Boston University.
Film History and Genres, American Popular Culture, Migration and Transnationality
1. Garcia, Desirée J. The Migration of Musical Film: From Ethnic Margins to American Mainstream (Rutgers University Press, 2014). http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/product/Migration-of-Musical-Film,5248.aspx
Refereed Articles in Journals
1. Garcia, Desirée J. “The Soul of a People: Mexican Spectatorship and the Transnational Comedia Ranchera.” The Journal of American Ethnic History 30.1 (2010), 72-98.
2. Garcia, Desirée J. “Subversive Sounds: Ethnic Spectatorship and Boston’s Nickelodeon Theatres, 1907-1914.” Film History: An International Journal 19.3 (2007), 213-227.
Refereed Book Chapters
1. Garcia, Desirée J. “There’s No Place Like Home: The Hollywood Folk Musical” in Cynthia Lucia, Roy Grundmann, and Art Simon, eds., The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film, 4 vols. (Walden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 318-338.
Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2014-2015)
Institute for Humanities Research Faculty Fellowship, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University (2013-2014)
Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Mount Holyoke College, The Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges, administered by Gettysburg College (2007-2008)
Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, The Ford Foundation (2006-2007)
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies; American Studies Association; American Historical Association