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Maria Cristina Garcia



    September 3, 2013 — May 23, 2014

    Professional affiliation

    Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Cornell University

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Refuge in Post-Cold War America"

    Full Biography

    María Cristina García is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History at Cornell University, where she teaches courses on immigration history. She is the author of Seeking Refuge: Central American migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada (2006); Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida (1996); and articles and book chapters on refugee migrations and immigrant populations from Latin America. Garcia is Vice-President/President-Elect of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. She serves on the Advisory Board of the forthcoming PBS series “The Latino Americans”, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History, the Journal of American Ethnic History, and Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos. She is the 2011 recipient of the Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award. García received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Major Publications

    • "Seeking Refuge: A History of Central American Migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada". University of California Press, 2006.
    • "Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, 1959-1994". University of California Press, 1996.
    • “Central American migration and the shaping of refugee policy. In Migrants and Migration in Modern North America: Cross-Border Lives, Labor Markets, and Politics in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States". Dirk Hoerder and Nora Faires, eds. Duke University Press, 2011.