Mary Delgado Garcia

Mary Delgado Garcia


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A., Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A., Pitzer College, English and World Literature

Mary Delgado García earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her B.A. in English and World Literature from Pitzer College. Prior to joining SLE, Mary taught in Comparative Literature and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies and the Writing Program at the Claremont Colleges. Her research interests include critical race theory, gender studies, comparative race studies, Black radical thought, sociology of race and ethnicity, and theories of embodiment and affect. Her book project examines post-1960s Chicana/o, Latina/o and African American novels that trace the contours of a comparative race dialogue across Latina/o, Afro-Latina/o, African American, and Indigenous histories. This project argues that writers Gayl Jones, Toni Morrison, Sandra Cisneros, and Junot Díaz represent interactions within and between these communities in ways that underlie how race gets varyingly inter-articulated with gender and sexuality at precise historical moments in the 19th and 20th centuries. These inter-articulations in part reveal common attempts on the parts of these writers to disrupt and complicate nationalist narratives surrounding race that inform our “common sense” understanding of race. Ultimately, Mary argues that these novels practice a form of reader retraining, where readers are made to confront our “common sense” about race, gender, and sexuality through a focus on bodily perspectives.

Additionally, Mary completed Ph.D. field exams in 20th Century Latin American literature, Irish Modernism, and 20th Century American literature. She almost became a comparative classicist in her graduate program, and she maintains an interest in classical literature and etymology.

Mary is passionate about interdisciplinary research and in creating connections between literature, history, ethnic studies, the performance arts, and social activism in her work and teaching. When she is not in Florence Moore Hall, you might find her writing, engaged in community organizing, gardening, and exploring music, dance, food, film, and performance art.