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


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 EthnicitySociology CompassPsychiatric ServicesHealth Expectations, and Transnational Social Review.


García, San Juanita. (Forthcoming) “Living a Deportation Threat: Stressors Confronted by Undocumented Mexican Immigrant Women.” Race and Social Problems.

García, San Juanita. 2017. “Racializing ‘Illegality’: An Intersectional Approach to Understanding How Mexican-origin Women Navigate an Anti-immigrant Climate.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2332649217713315

García, San Juanita. 2017. “Bridging Critical Race Theory and Migration: Moving Beyond Assimilation Theories.” Sociology Compass11(6): 1-10.

Jolles, Monica Pérez, Maria Martinez, San Juanita García, Gabriela Stein, Mentor Parent Group Members, and Kathleen C. Thomas. 2017. “Involving Latina/o Parents in Patient-centered Outcome Research: Contributions to Research Study Design, Implementation and Outcomes.” Health Expectations1-9.

Thomas, Kathleen C., Gabriela L Stein, Christianna S. Williams, Monica Pérez Jolles, Betsy L. Sleath, Maria Martinez, San Juanita García, Linda Guzman, Charlotte E Williams, Joseph P Morrissey. 2017. “Fostering Activation in Latina/o Parents of Children with Mental Health Needs: A Randomized Trial.” Psychiatric Services.DOI: https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201600366

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