San Juanita Garcia, MS, PhD

Academic Interests

My research interests are immigration, sociology of mental health, medical sociology, Latina/o sociology, and the intersections between race, ethnicity, class, gender, and legal status. My research examines how “illegality” shapes the response to stressors and susceptibility to depressive symptoms among Mexican-origin women, across legal status and nativity. This research highlights the salience of undocumented status as another marker of inequality and adds to the growing interest on “illegality” and its impacts on immigrant mental health disparities.

 

Current Research Projects

I am currently working with Kathleen Thomas, Ph.D., and an interdisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians on a research project that develops and tests an intervention strategy to enrich parental activation among Latina mothers for their children’s mental health needs and services.

 

Education

2014 Ph.D., Sociology, Texas A&M University

2010 M.S., Sociology, Texas A&M University

2007 B.A. Criminal Justice & Spanish (double-major), & Sociology (minor), Sam Houston State University

 

Previous Employment

July 2014 – June 2015, Social & Behavioral Sciences Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Latina/o Studies Postdoctoral Affiliate, The Ohio State University

September 2013 – June 2014, Research Associate, Department of Sociology, University of California, Merced

August 2011 – May 2013, Graduate Instructor, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University

September 2007 – July 2011, Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning, College of Education & Human Development, Texas A&M University

 

Publications

Refereed Articles

Montes de Oca, Verónica, Sagrario Garay, Brittany Rico, and San Juanita García. 2014. “Living Arrangements and Aging in Mexico: Changes in Households, Poverty and Regions, 1992-2009.” International Journal of Social Science Studies 2(4): 61-74.

Montes de Oca, Verónica, San Juanita García, and Rogelio Sáenz. 2013. “Transnational Aging: Disparities among Aging Mexican Immigrants.” Transnational Social Review 3(1): 65-82.

 

Book Chapters

Montes de Oca, Verónica, Telésforo Ramírez, Nadia Santillanes, San Juanita García, and Rogelio Sáenz. 2015. “Family Arrangements, Strategies, and Access to Medical Care among Mexican Elderly Immigrants Living in the United States” In J. Angel, K. Markides, W. Vega & F. Torres-Gil (eds.), Challenges of Latino Aging in the Americas. New York: Springer.

Sáenz, Rogelio, Amber Fox, and San Juanita García. 2013. “Latino Elderly in Nonmetro America.” Pages 115-140 in N. Glasgow and E.H. Berry (eds.), Rural Aging in the 21st Century. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Sáenz, Rogelio, Cecilia Menjívar, and San Juanita García. 2011. “Arizona’s SB 1070: Setting Conditions for Violations of Human Rights Here and Beyond.” Pp. 155-178 in J. Blau and M. Frezzo (eds.), Sociology and Human Rights: A Bill of Rights in the Twenty-First Century. Newbury Park, CA: Pine Forge Press.
* Reprinted as Pages 165-180 in J. Dowling, & Inda, J. (Eds.), Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader. Stanford University Press, 2013.

 

Book Reviews

García, San Juanita. 2015. “The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation, 2013.” Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR).

 

Conference Proceedings

García, San Juanita. 2011. “The Social Realities of Undocumented Mexican Immigrant Women and the Broader Implications for Adult Educators.” Pgs. 222-227 of the 52nd National Conference of the Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) and the 30th National Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE)/ L’Association Canadienne pour l’Étude de l’Éducation des Adultes (ACÉÉA). Toronto, Canada.

 

Magazine Entries

García, San Juanita. 2010. Scholar’s Corner. Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education 20(9): 18.

 

Newsletter Entries

García, San Juanita. 2013. “The Importance of Finding Mentors in Academia: My Personal Journey.” In Remarks Newsletter, Section of Racial and Ethnic Minorities of the American Sociological Association.

 

Technical Reports

García, San Juanita, Mattyna L. Stephens, and Donna S. Mancuso. 2010. “Professional Development in the Integration of Technology: Lessons from Teacher Needs Assessment.” Texas Adult and Family Literacy Quarterly 14(4): 15.

García, San Juanita,Donna S. Mancuso, Mattyna L. Stephens, Kenneth L. Appelt, Debbie Lechuga, Federico Salas-Isnardi, and Harriet Vardiman Smith. 2010. “Texas Indicators of Program Quality (IPQs) for Adult Education and Literacy Curriculum and Instruction: Are They Evidence-Based?” College Station, TX: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL).

Lechuga, Debbie, Kenneth L. Appelt, Donna S. Mancuso, San Juanita García, and Mattyna L. Stephens. 2010. “Enhancing the Instructional Support of Texas Adult Educators Findings from the 2008 Texas Instructors’ Professional Development Needs Assessment.” College Station, TX: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL).

Appelt, Kenneth L., Donna S. Mancuso, and San Juanita García. 2010. “GREAT Centers 2009 Needs Assessment.” College Station, TX: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL).

Appelt, Kenneth L., Donna S. Mancuso, and San Juanita García.2009. “Evaluation of the STAR Training Initiative and the Applicability of Its Content for Texas Adult Basic Education.” College Station, TX: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL).

Tomaszewski, L. & García, San Juanita. 2009. “Texas Adult Education Standards and Benchmarks for ABE, ASE, and ESL Learners Implementation Guide.” College Station, TX: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL).

Tomaszewski, L., Donna S. Mancuso, San Juanita García, Reid, F., & Harriet V. Smith. 2008. “Project GREAT Texas Professional Development Needs Assessment for Instructors: Secondary Analysis.” College Station, TX: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning.

 

Recent Presentations (Selected)

García, San Juanita. (Forthcoming 2015). “Undocumented Vicariousness: An Intersectional Approach to Illegality and Depressive Symptoms among Mexican-origin Women.” Paper will be presented at the American Sociological Association, Race, Class, and Gender Paper Session. Intersectional Approaches to Understanding Migration, Legal Status, and Transnationalism. Chicago, IL.

García, San Juanita. 2015. “The Racialization of “Illegality” and the Implications for Mexican American Women’s Mental Health.” Paper presented at the 95th Southwestern Social Sciences Association (SSSA), Denver, CO.

García, San Juanita. 2015. “Undocumented Vicariousness: “Illegality” and Depressive Symptoms among Mexican-origin Women in the United States.” Paper presented at the 4th Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research. (Spanish oral presentation). Mérida, Yucatán, México.

García, San Juanita. 2014. “Undocumented Vicariousness: Collateral Deportation Threats and Depression among Mexican-origin Women” Paper presented at the 2014 Conference of Ford Fellows sponsored by the National Academies and the Ford Foundation in the Psychology Academic Exchange Session. Irvine, CA.

García, San Juanita. 2014. “Shattered Dreams: Unauthorized Status and Depressive Symptoms among Mexican Immigrant Women in the United States” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association, International Migration Section Roundtable (Health of U.S. Migrants). San Francisco, CA.

García, San Juanita. 2014. “Bridging Immigration, Mental Health, and Intersectionality Theory: The Lived Experiences of Mexican-origin Women in the United States.” Paper presented at the Imagining Latina/o Studies: Past, Present, & Future: An International Latina/o Studies Conference in the panel on Latina/o Health from a Latino Studies Perspective: A New Framework for Thinking about Health Inequities, Chicago, IL.

García, San Juanita. 2013. “Mi Propia Raza, Mi Propia Gente”: Undocumented Mexican Immigrant Women’s Perceptions of Intra-Group Conflict.” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association, Latino/a Sociology Paper Session – Inter-Class and Inter-Race Relations among Latina/os Section. New York, NY.

García, San Juanita. 2012. “Context of Reception and Depressive Symptomatology among Unauthorized Mexican Immigrant Women in the US.” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association, Minority Fellowship Program Special Session: Issues in Health, Mental Health, and Well-Being Session. Denver, CO.

García, San Juanita. 2011. “Nativism and Depression among Unauthorized Mexican Immigrant Women: An Intersectionality Perspective.” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association, Section on Race, Gender, and Class Paper Session. (Methods of Race/Gender/Class Analysis session). Las Vegas, NV.

 

Recent Invited Presentations (Selected)

García, San Juanita. 2015. “Contextualizing Undocumented Vicariousness: Deportation Threats, Depressive Symptoms, and the Mental Health Implications for Mexican-Origin Women.” Presented at the University of Michigan, Coalition for Interdisciplinary Research on Latina/o Issues, Ann Arbor, MI.

García, San Juanita. 2015. “Surviving Incarceration.” Co-presented in the Families ‘On the Outside’: A Discussion of Issues and Resources for Women in Prison workshop at the Federal Prison Camp for Women in Bryan, TX.

García, San Juanita. 2015. “Tips on Applying for Graduate Fellowships & Navigating the Post-Doctoral Job Market.” Presented for the Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University.

García San Juanita. 2015. “Teaching, Research, Inspiration, and Opportunity: TRiO Pathways to a Higher Education, My Personal Journey.” Presented at the Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs, Inc. TRiO Achievers Luncheon, Fort Worth, TX.

García, San Juanita. 2014. “Undocumented Vicariousness: The Collateral Consequences of ‘Illegality’ on Mexican-origin Women’s Depressive Symptoms.” Presented at the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective (DISCO) Research and Creative Activity Series, The Ohio State University.

García, San Juanita. 2014. “Diversifying the Academy: Preparing Competitive Applications for Ford Foundation Fellowships.” Presented at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), Preparing for the Professoriate Retreat, The Ohio State University.

García, San Juanita. 2014. “Pathways to Citizenship: An Interactive Discussion on Immigration ‘50 Years Later’.” Co-facilitated workshop for a series that marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, The Ohio State University.

García, San Juanita. 2014. “Undocumented Vicariousness: The Spillover Impacts “Illegality” has on Mexican-origin Women’s Depressive Symptoms.” Presented at the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA. Minority Fellowship Program Orientation.

García, San Juanita. 2014. “Tips on Completing the Dissertation & Navigating the Post-Doc. Job Market.” Presented at the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA. Minority Fellowship Program Orientation.

 

Recent Poster Presentations (Selected)

García, San Juanita. 2015. “Undocumented Vicariousness: Deportation Threats, Stress, & Depressive Symptoms among Mexican-Origin Women.” Poster presented at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections 9th Annual Symposium, Princeton, NJ.

García, San Juanita and Felipe Vargas. 2015. “Undocumented-Unafraid | Sin Papeles-Sin Miedo: Counter-Hegemonic Narratives of “Illegales” Soul Making in “ameriKKKa | Amexica.” Poster (Visual Sociology) presented at the 95th Southwestern Social Sciences Association (SSSA), Denver, CO.
* First Place Winner of the Southwestern Sociological Association Visual Sociology: Social Problems Photo Essay Contest

García, San Juanita and Rosalina Acosta-Nuñez. 2014. “Social Determinants of Health: The Importance of Highlighting Undocumented Status as another Marker of Inequality.” Poster presented at the University of California Global Health Day, UC Davis, CA.

García, San Juanita. 2014. “Prisons: Surveillance, Hyper-vigilance, Seclusion, and Undesirability Universities: Freedom, Knowledge, Mobility, and Empowerment: A Juxtaposition of Two Social Institutions.” Poster (Visual Sociology) presented at the 94th Southwestern Social Sciences Association (SSSA), San Antonio, TX.
* First Place Winner of the Southwestern Sociological Association Visual Sociology: Social Problems Student Photo Essay Contest

 

Honors & Awards (Selected)

TRiO Achiever’s Award, Spring 2015
Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs, Inc. (TASSSP)

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Vision 2020 Dissertation Enhancement Awards, Spring 2013
College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University

Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Mentoring, Fall 2013
Awarded by the: Women in Science & Engineering Program, Texas A&M University

Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Fall 2012-Spring 2013
Anheuser-Busch and Vicente Fernandez Tour Recipient

Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI) Graduate Fellowship, Spring 2011
Texas A&M University

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, Fall 2009-Spring 2010
(National Institute of Mental Health) Fellow

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Graduate Fellow, Spring 2009