Rocío R. García
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Garcia’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of women of color feminist theories, reproductive politics, and social movements. Her current work focuses on the activism of Latinas in the reproductive justice movement to understand how state law bears on the reproductive lives of Latinas and how it, along with the politics of visibility in social movements, shapes the implementation of intersectional strategies among reproductive justice advocates. She draws on this empirically driven data to provide a pan-ethnic interpretive framework for the work embedded in Latina feminist thought. Garcia works with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, a statewide nonprofit organization, to develop her research and to promote community education and leadership efforts in the reproductive justice movement.
Examines how Latina activists involved in the reproductive justice movement adopt intersectional framing and strategies to advance policy reform outside of the “pro-life/pro-choice” binary while simultaneously challenging controlling images of Latinas among activists in reproductive politics. Data shows that reproductive justice activists use policy reform not simply to advocate for the reproductive lives of Latina/o communities, but also to complicate the politics of (holistic) visibility within activist communities.
Examines how professional Latinas and Black women make sense of normative expectations for family formation around heterosexual marriage, biological childbearing, and same-race and same-class partnerships. Using data from forty qualitative interviews, finds that professional women of color navigate normative family formation in fluid ways, preferring same-race and similarly educated partners to stave off racial and cultural assimilation, yet perceiving barriers to forming families because of the increasing college gender gap and gendered racism from men of color.