Rocio Garcia

TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3701
Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus
Asst Professor
TEMPE Campus



Rocio R. Garcia is an assistant professor of sociology in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. Garcia 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.

Garcia 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).



2020    García, Rocío R. "Latinx Feminist Politicmaking: On the Necessity of Messiness in Collective Action." Mobilization: An International Journal 25(4): 441-460. [lead article] 

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.



Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
SOC 486 Contemporary Theory
SOC 585 Sociological Theory
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)