Political Science

Gilberto Garcia

Associate Professor

Ph.D., UC Riverside, 1986
B.A., Loyola University at Los Angeles

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Courses Typically Taught at CWU:

  • Introduction to Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Politics of the US-Mexico Border
  • Latin American Politics
  • Latinos and the US Political System

Research Interests:

  • Politics of Communities in the Pacific Northwest
  • Latino Politics
  • Politics of Immigration to the US

Selected Publications:


  • Garcia, Jerry and Gilberto Garcia, (2005) eds. Memory, Community and Activism: Mexican Migration and Labor in the Pacific Northwest. East Lansing, Michigan: Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University.
  • Garcia, Gilberto and Jerry Garcia, eds. 2002. The Illusion of Borders: The National Presence of Mexicanos in the United States. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.

Journal Articles:

  • Garcia, Gilberto. 2008. “Louis ‘Count’ Castro: The Story of a Forgotten Latino Major Leaguer,” Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Volume 16, Number 2, Spring 2008.

Book Chapters:

  • Garcia, Gilberto, 2010. “ Investigaciones de Comunidades Mexicanas en Regiones no Tradicionales: Desde el Noroeste hasta el Sur de los Estados Unidos de America. Forthcoming, 2010 (Plaza y Valdez Ediitores Mexico)

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • Gilberto Garcia. “Hispanic/Latino Politics: The Retreat from Critical Perspectives on Power and the State” paper presented in the National Association Social Sciences, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 28-30, 2010.
  • Gilberto Garcia, “The Latino Political Challenge to the Black-White Paradigm” paper presented in the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, October 15-17, 2009, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Contact Information:

Office:   Psychology Building, 472
Phone:   509-963-2416
E-mail:   ggarcia@cwu.edu