Rocío R. García
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
García's research and teaching interests center on intersectional feminist theories, the politics of knowledge production, reproductive justice, and Latinx sociology. Her current work examines the origins and distinguishing features of a pan-ethnoracial Latinx feminist framework, and the implications of this framework for intersectional movements for global justice. García's current manuscript draws on 32 months of ethnographic observations with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Latinx feminist work in the social sciences and the humanities from 1960 to now, interviews with Latinx academics, and the art of singers and poets, and the art of singers and poets. She sketches Latinx feminist consciousness as a theory of the self and its implications for social justice movements. García 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.
Captures a collective process of articulation reflected in the perspectives and experiences of Latinx feminists with and outside of the academy. Integrates three years of ethnographic observations with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice—a policy advocacy organization engaged in intersectional activism—with the ideas and experiences of prominent and less known Latinx feminist academics, artists, and activists to construct a pan-ethnoracial feminist interpretive framework. Demonstrates that a Latinx feminist consciousness—marked by disappearance and invested in utopian dreaming—is vital for escaping systems of oppression and creating utopian realities.
Advocates for an interdisciplinary research agenda that continues expanding relational scholarship by developing the concept of the politics of erased migrations, an analytical tool to theorize why and how the embodied experiences of Latinas are marginalized and misrepresented in academic research. Demonstrates the possibilities of the politics of erased migration as a theoretical intervention in expanding a relational, intersectional sociology of Latinx gender and migration. Carries implications for shifting the field of Latinx gender and migration from a focus on current oppressive conditions to one that also imagines new avenues for social justice and alternative social worlds.
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.
Reviews Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age.