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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: 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


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Patricia Garcia receives prestigious NSF CAREER award

University of Michigan assistant professor Patricia Garcia has received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious NSF CAREER award.

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UMSI announces 2018 DEI award recipients

A UMSI alumna, member of the staff and an assistant professor are recipients of the second annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards.

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