Rocio Garcia

TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3701
Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus



Rocío R. García is an assistant professor of sociology in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. García is a theorist of race and gender who engages in analyses of social action in four areas: social movements, Latinx politics, reproductive justice, and knowledge production. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Latinx Feminist Thought (under advance contract with Routledge Press), to upend commonplace assumptions rampant in the academy and outside of it about who Latinxs are, their concerns regarding an array of social problems, and their contributions to U.S. politics and knowledge production.

García is also an affiliated faculty member with the School of Transborder Studies (STS) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. 


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) 2019
  • M.A. Sociology, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) 2014
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Nevada Reno (UNR) 2012
  • B.A. Sociology and Spanish, California State University Stanislaus (CSU Stanislaus) 2008

Research Interests

Race, Gender, Class; Latinx and Black feminisms; social movements; social theory; sociology of knowledge; Latinx sociology; culture; reproduction; qualitative methods; immigration and migration



García, Rocío R. Latinx Feminist Thought (under advance contract with Routledge Press, Sociology Re-Wired series).



2018    García, Rocío R. “The Politics of Erased Migrations: Expanding a Relational, Intersectional Sociology of Latinx Gender and Migration.” Sociology Compass 12(4):e12571.doi:10.1111/soc4.12571

2015    García, Rocío. “Normative Ideals, ‘Alternative’ Realities: Perceptions of Interracial Dating Among Professional Latinas and Black Women.” Societies 5(4): 807-830. doi:10.3390/soc5040807



2015    García, Rocío. Review of Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age, edited by Nilda Flores-González, Anna Romina Guevarra, Maura Toro-Morn, and Grace ChangLabor Studies Journal Vol. 39(4): 321-323.



García, Rocío R. “Latinx Feminist Politicmaking: On the Messiness of Collective Action.” 

  • Winner of the 2019 American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender, and Class Graduate Student Paper Award.

 “Zombies, Robots, and Vampires: The Dystopian Cartographies of Academic Diversity.” (with Susila Gurusami).

“Rethinking Utopia: Latinx Feminist Thought, Afrofuturism, and Other Radical Ruminations.” 

“Feisty Latinas, Deportable Mestizas, and Other Controlling Images of Latinxs.”



2018    García, Rocío R. “Resisting the Violence of Ideology.” UCLA Center for the Study of Women Blog. 

2018    García, Rocío R. “Single-Issue Politics in Intersectional Clothing: What’s New about U.S. Women’s Movement?” University of Notre Dame’s Mobilizing Ideas Blog.

2017    García, Rocío R. “Imagining Utopias: Toward Latinx Feminist Thought.” UCLA Center for the Study of Women Blog. 

2016    García, Rocío R. “How the Reproductive Justice Movement Benefits Latinas.” Scholars Strategy Network Policy Brief.

2016    García, Rocío R. “Beyond Pro-Choice.” Scholars Strategy Network’s No Jargon Podcast.


Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
SOC 486 Contemporary Theory
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
SOC 486 Contemporary Theory


Dr. Garcia has served as an academic peer reviewer for the following journals:

Sociological Perspectives: 

Latino Studies:

Social Problems: 

American Journal of Sociology: 


Professional Associations

American Sociological Association (ASA)

Pacific Sociological Association (PSA)

The Du Boisian Scholar Network (DSN)

Latina/o Studies Association (LSA)

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

Scholars Strategy Network (SSN)