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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 News About Patricia Garcia


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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