Desiree J. Garcia

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies

  • Affiliate, Film and Media Studies

Desirée Garcia is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, trained in American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Film and Media Studies. Her areas of specialization include the musical film and race and ethnicity in American culture. Her publications range from monographs to scholarly journal articles and online essays about musicals and mediated representations of immigrants, race, and ethnicity. She has also produced historical documentaries for American Experience/PBS, including Zoot Suit Riots (2002) and Remember the Alamo (2004).

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  • B.A. Wellesley College
  • Ph.D. Boston University

Selected Publications

  • The Migration of Musical Film: From Ethnic Margins to American Mainstream (Rutgers University Press, 2014).

  • “Toil Behind the Footlights: The Spectacle of Female Suffering and the Rise of Musical Comedy” (forthcoming, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies).

  • “Ramona in the City: Dolores Del Rio, Mexican Los Angeles, and the Remaking of a Mythic Story” in María Elena de las Carreras, Colin Gunckel, Jan-Christopher Horak and Paulina Suarez-Hesketh, eds. Recuerdos de un cine en español: Classic Latin American Film in Los Angeles (forthcoming, UCLA Film and Television Archive and Rutgers University Press).

  • “There’s No Place Like Home: The Hollywood Folk Musical” in Cynthia Lucia, Roy Grundmann, and Art Simon, eds., The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film, 4 vols. (Walden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 318-338.

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Works In Progress

  • The Dressing Room: Space and Genre in the Backstage Musical (monograph)

  • “Dressing the Part: Race, Class, and Gender in the Cinematic Dressing Room, 1930-1960” (article)

  • Quick Takes: The Movie Musical (Rutgers University Press, TBA)

Selected Works & Activities

  • Actress (“Madeline”), Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, dir. Damien Chazelle (Variance Films, 2009)

  • Associate Producer, Remember the Alamo (American Experience/WGBH, 2004)

  • Associate Producer, Zoot Suit Riots (American Experience/WGBH, 2002)