B.A., University of Nebraska
Ph.D., Cornell University
American Literature I
American Short Story
The Sacred and Profane in American Literature
Michael Garcia's research and teaching interests range from the work of author Richard Rodriguez to Latino literature, Ethnic literature, and 20th century American Literature, as well as more interdisciplinary inquiries. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Narratives of the Ethnic Self in American Literature.
Translator of (following a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia) Djenar Maesa Ayu’s award-winning collection of short stories, They Say I’m a Monkey. Garcia has also published articles on Latino Literature, Indonesian Literature, and Jorge Luis Borges.
"Nabokov’s Index Puzzle: Exile and the Quest for Transcendence in Speak, Memory." Northeast Modern Language Associations (NeMLA) annual conference, Rochester, NY. 15-18 March, 2012.
"The Prison Narrative as Secular Conversion Narrative: Writing as Salvation in Joe Loya's The Man who Outgrew his Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber." National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies conference. Pasadena, CA. 5 March, 2011."
"Solving KenKen as Epistemological Inquiry." Arts and Sciences Seminar Series. Clarkson University. 8 September, 2010.
"The Existential Ethnic Self of Richard Wright's Black Boy." 100 Years of Richard Wright conference. University of Utah, 2-5 April, 2009.