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Patricia Garcia

Patricia Garcia

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information and Assistant Professor of Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/763-2285
Office: School of Information/4437 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website


Patricia Garcia conducts qualitative research on the complex relationship between race, gender, technology, and justice. She is currently partnering with public libraries to study how a computational justice program model can support girls of color (ages 13-16) develop agentic computing identities. This research involves the design of computing education programs that support girls of color in situating their computing identities within broader self-concepts and in ways that highlight how the intersections of race and gender can function as sources of power, rather than simply sites of marginalization. Her other related work examines how harmful data practices perpetuate structural inequities along racialized and gendered lines, and she collaborates with data practitioners to imagine and enact more equitable data futures. Her work spans the fields of computing education, learning sciences, youth studies, and critical data studies.



Areas of interest

Computing education, learning sciences, youth studies, and critical data studies




M.A., University of Texas-Austin

B.A., St. Edward's University


Google Award for Inclusion Research. “Examining Algorithmic Decision Making in Homeless Service Systems." Pelle Tracey, PhD student. Patricia Garcia, assistant professor.
Patricia Garcia and Pelle Tracey earn Google Award for Inclusion Research

UMSI assistant professor Patricia Garcia and doctoral candidate Pelle Tracey will be researching the use of algorithmic decision making in homeless service systems.

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Food delivery work and prediction markets: UMSI research roundup. Check out UMSI faculty and PhD student publications.
Food delivery work and prediction markets: UMSI research roundup

Recent UMSI faculty and PhD student publications. 

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