Gustavo García was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His family migrated from the Zapotec community San Baltazar Chichicapam, which is in the Valles Centrales of Oaxaca. As the first in his family to continue with higher education, he began his journey at Santa Monica College (SMC) where he received an AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences. He transferred to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and double majored in Chicana/o Studies and American Indian Studies. After receiving an MA in American Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM), he joined the inaugural cohort of Chicana and Chicano Studies where he is currently pursuing a PhD. Currently, Gustavo teaches in Chicana/o Studies, works with the NM Humanities Now! Mellon Transfer Program, and mentors undergraduate students in El Puente. Furthermore, he is part of Chicanx World Making and Futurities collective, which uses multimedia platforms like blogging, podcasting, and zine making to create and disseminate stories of dissent and worldmaking!
Research Statement: Gustavo’s research interest examines the entanglements of capitalism, colonialism, migration, and indigeneity from the 1940’s to the present. He particularly focuses on Indigenous Mexican migrants and the ways they navigate, contest, and manage hegemonic social, political, economic, and cultural formulations in Mexico and the United States. His dissertation project, Constellations of Decoloniality: Dissident Oaxacan Worldmaking Hubs illuminate the ways Indigenous Oaxacan migrants in the United States create mobile hubs of survivance that nurture cultural regeneration, collectivity, community media, and political mobilizing.
Areas of Reasearch: Migration, Latinx Indigeneities, Oaxacan & Zapotec Studies, Colonialism, Indigenous and Chicanx Social Movements, Indigenous Language Regeneration, & Community Based Multi- Media Projects
Mentoring Philosophy: His philosophy aims to share knowledge and skills for students to excel as scholars and compassionate human beings. As a Chicana/o Studies scholar, he argues that education has a much grander purpose than finding a career. Women of color feminists have talked about education and the importance of consciousness raising. For him, education is intimately connected to consciousness raising and mentoring. Gustavo’s philosophy aims to provide students with tools to have critical self-compassion, to analyze systems of power, to actively participate in collectivity and dissent, and to constantly dream of another world. His philosophy centers self-reflexivity, community building, justice, and humanization. He creates hubs for students to be vulnerable, supportive, and open. Gustavo’s philosophy aims to nurture confidence, so that students may walk through campus and the world in an empowering way.