Lorena García, PhD

Prof. Lorena Garcia

Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Professor,
Sociology & Latin American and Latino Studies

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006

Office: 4112 BSB (MC 312) Phone: 312-413-3759
E-mail: lorena [at] uic [dot] edu

About Dr. Lorena Garcia

Lorena García is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with doctoral emphasis in Women's Studies from UC-Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching interests include gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, U.S. Latinas/os, and qualitative methods. She conducted a qualitative study of constructions of sexuality and gender among Mexican and Puerto Rican girls in Chicago. This research focused on the contexts and social processes that inform the sexual subjectivity of Latina youth, such as their interactions with their mothers on the topic of sexuality and their engagement with self-protective efforts. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on this research. Recent publications include "Processing Latinidad: Mapping Latino Urban Landscapes Through Chicago Ethnic Festivals" in Latino Studies (2007, with Merida Rua) and "Love at First Sex: Latina Girls' Meanings of Virginity Loss & Relationships" in Identities: Global Studies in Power & Culture (forthcoming 2009). She is currently co-editing (with Lourdes Torres, DePaul University) a special issue of NWSA Journal on Latina Sexualities.