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San Juanita García

San Juanita García

Assistant Professor

BA Criminal Justice, Spanish, Sociology, 2007, Sam Houston State University
MS Sociology, 2010, Texas A&M University
PhD Sociology, 2014, Texas A&M University

Office: 1210 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-6468
Fax: (951) 827-3330 
E-mail: juanita.garcia@ucr.edu

Curriculum Vitae

BIOGRAPHY
San Juanita García is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests include: race/class/gender, immigration, intersectionality, medical sociology, sociology of mental health, Latinx sociology, qualitative methods, and social determinants of health. Juanita’s research explores how a deportation regime and racialization practices embedded in an anti-immigrant climate fuel discrimination and impact intra-group relations, identity, stress, and the mental health of Mexican-origin women. Her current work explores a concept she develops called “vicarious illegality,” to highlight the stress and mental health impacts on those who witness the negative consequences of “illegality,” particularly family, romantic partners, and friends of the undocumented.

Juanita is a former NRSA Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017) at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, jointly sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. As a Postdoctoral Fellow she gained public health and mental health services training leading to her collaboration on a randomized controlled trial (Padres Efectivos) designed to enhance activation skills among Latina mothers with children with mental health service needs, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Juanita has been funded by the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. Her solo and collaborative work appears in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Sociology Compass, Psychiatric Services, Health Expectations, and Transnational Social Review.

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