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Desiree Garcia

Director of Film and Media Studies, Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0302
Biography

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 B.A. in History from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University.

Education

Ph.D., Boston University 2008

BA, Wellesley College 1999

Research Interests

Film History and Genres, American Popular Culture, Migration and Transnationality

Publications

Book

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.

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 394Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 270Race & Gender in American Film
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 200Film History
FMS 394Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FMS 523Film Authorship
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 270Race & Gender in American Film
FMS 270Race & Gender in American Film
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 201Transborder Society&Culture I
FMS 441Global Cinema
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 270Race & Gender in American Film
FMS 270Race & Gender in American Film
TCL 471Latinos In Hollywood
FMS 471Latinos In Hollywood
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 201Transborder Society&Culture I
Presentations
  • Desiree Garcia. "Everything Old is New Again: The Sing-Along". Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting (Mar 2013).
  • Desiree Garcia. "’And then… nothing’: Discovering Hollywood’s Hispanic Market". Invited lecture in a seminar (Jan 2013).
  • Desiree J. Garcia. "’And then… nothing’: Discovering Hollywood’s Hispanic Market from Zoot Suit (1981) to A Better Life (2011).". American Studies Association Annual Meeting (Nov 2012).
  • Desiree J. Garcia. "Ease on Down the Road: Race and the 1970s Hollywood Musical.". Annual Meeting, Pacific Coast Branch, Organization of American Historians (Aug 2012).
  • Desiree J. Garcia. Discussant for the panel, Race and Performance. Annual Meeting, Pacific Coast Branch, Organization of American Historians (Aug 2012).
  • Desiree Garcia. Coco Fusco and the "Politics of Appropriation". Coco Fusco Reading Group, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University (Dec 2011).
  • Desiree Garcia. "There’s No Place Like Home: The Hollywood Folk Musical". Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference (Mar 2011).
Honors / Awards

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)

Professional Associations
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies; American Studies Association; American Historical Association