Ana Maria Garcia

Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Easton 341 1 (215) 572-4054

About Me

Areas Of Focus

Gender and Women Studies


Education History

Hahnemann University


Arcadia University Advisor of the Year, 2013.

Cultural Ally Award, Arcadia University, 2010.

Lloyd M. Abernethy Faculty Outstanding Service Award, Arcadia University, 2009.

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Arcadia University, 2008.

Faculty Development Grant, Arcadia University College, 2007.

National Honor Society of Phi Beta Delta. Arcadia University, 2006.

Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching, Arcadia University, 2004.

Psi Chi Honor Society, Arcadia University, 2004.

Faculty Development Grant, Beaver College, 1998.

Students’ Association Award, Haverford College, 1994.

Research Summary


Bartoli, Eleonora, Bentley-Edwards, Keisha L., García, Ana María, Michaels, Ali, Ervin, Audrey. “What do White counselors and psychotherapists need to know about race? White racial socialization in counseling and psychotherapy training programs.” Women & Therapy Special issue on whiteness and white privilege. In press, June 2015.

Slesaransky-Poe, G. & García, A. M  (2013).Chapter 4. The Social Construction of Difference: Race, Disability, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. In, Lawrence-Brown, Diana and Sapon-Shevin, Mara,Editors. Critical Condition: Key Principles for Equitable and Inclusive Education. New York, New York: Teachers College Press.

García, AM and Slesaransky-Poe, G. (2010). The heteronormative classroom: Questioning and liberating practices. Teacher Educator, Teachers College Record, Columbia University.

Slesaransky-Poe, G. & García, A. M. (2009) Boys with gender variant behaviors and interests: From theory to practice. Sex Education, 9(2), 77-86.

García, Ana María. (2007). "Expanding the Definition of Multiculturalism: A Personal Reflection."Diversity & Democracy. AAC&U.

García, Ana María, Gillem, Angela, Szwajkowski, Dana, & West, Lillian. (2005). "Irritating, Supporting & Representing: Reflections of faculty and students of color." In, Peters-Davis, Norah and Shultz, Jeffrey, Editors. Challenges of Multicultural Education: Teaching and Taking Diversity Courses. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers.

García, Ana María. (1999). "Multiculturalism: an 'as if' phenomenon. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, v.12, no.3.

García, Ana María. (1996). "A Different Exchange." Voices from the Middle, v.3, no.5. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English, Illinois.


García, Ana María. (written & presented 2006). "Feminist Teaching as Social Activism."

García, Ana María. (written & presented 2003). "Moving beyond the impasse: Reinterpreting resistance and transference in teaching race, gender and sexual orientation."

García, Ana María, Gay, Judy, & Wolf, Carol. (written 1994). Making the difference work: Diversity exercises for student leaders.


2011    American Association of Colleges and Universities Conference Education and Inclusion for the Immigrant Student, Washington, D.C., “The Hidden Other: Cultural Capital and the First Generation/Immigrant College Student.”

2010    The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University National Advisory Board Meeting, Glenside, PA, Panel Presentation: “Global Engagement: Questions, Challenges and Opportunities.”

2009     Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, Panel Presentation: "At Home in the World: Educating for Global  Connections & Local Commitments."

2007     American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Paper: "Social Order, Structural Violence, and Social Justice: Dealing with student resistance in classes on diversity.”, Paper co-presented with Norah Shultz & co-authored with Norah Shultz & Jeff Shultz

2007     Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., Paper presented: "Teaching in the Post-Racist Classroom",  (Co-author: Dina Pinsky, Assistant Professor of Sociology).

2006     Association for Women in Psychology Inspirational Women in Psychology Lecture Series, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, Paper presented: "Feminist Teaching as Social Activism."

2006     American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, Academic Workshop Presentation: "Enhancing Interdisciplinary Connections"

2006     Association of American Colleges and Universities Diversity & Learning: A Defining Moment, Philadelphia, PA, Presentation : "Pluralism in the United States: Exploring Identity & Diversity through Performance.", (Presented with Lisa Holderman, Assistant Professor of Communication, Arcadia University & Aisha Amin, ACT 101 Counselor & Adjunct Professor, Arcadia University.

2006     Columbia Teachers College Roundtable, Columbia University, New York, NY, Paper presented: "Empowerment through developing critical self-knowledge in cross-positional dialogue." (Co-authored & presented with Sharon Ravitch, Assistant Professor of Education, Arcadia)

2004      American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Paper presented: "Irritating, Supporting and Representing: Reflections of Faculty of Color.", Co-Authored with Angela Gillem, Professor of Psychology, Arcadia University. .

2003      Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, Paper presented: "Moving beyond the impasse: Reinterpreting resistance and transference in teaching race, gender and sexual orientation."

2001      HERS Institute, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, Panel presentation: Bridging the gap between academic affairs and student affairs.

1993      Temple University, College of Education, Department of Counseling Psychology, Philadelphia, PA, Paper presented:  “Therapeutic Work with Children and Cross-Cultural Influences.”

1993        Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA, Paper co-presented:  “Race Relations Training for Peer Educators.”

1993        Chestnut Hill College Department of Psychology, Chestnut Hill, PA,  Presentation:  “The Latino Culture and Psychological Issues.”

1993        Montgomery County Children and Youth Annual Conference for the Montgomery County Youth Service Network, Horsham, PA, Keynote Address:  “Multicultural Factors in Therapist- Client Interactions.”

1992        Black Caucus of the Pennsylvania State Legislature, Philadelphia, PA, Co-presented multicultural programs sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Haverford College and participated in panel discussion of cross-racial campus issues.

1992        Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of School Equity and Pennsylvania Commission of Human Relations Equity Academy Conference, Shawnee-on-the-Delaware, PA, “Prejudice and Pluralism in Education”, Designed and co-led day long workshop on diversity with Administrators, School Superintendents and Principals.

1992        American Association for Higher Education 1992 National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, IL, Panel presentation:  “The Campus as a Classroom for Multiple World Views.”

1992         Pennsylvania Department of Education State Conference on Family-Centered Early Intervention, Harrisburg, PA, Presentation:  “Multicultural Factors in Early Childhood Intervention.”

1991        Catholic Family and Child Services Play Therapy Conference, Moses Lake, WA, Designed and co-led two day conference for psychology and education professionals on therapeutic work with children and their families.

1991         Prince George County Public Schools Second Annual Multicultural Education Conference, Upper Marlboro, MD, Presentation: “What is Culture and How Does it Impact Our Schools?"

1991          Illinois Superior Court Department of Probation, Springfield, IL and Chicago, IL,  “Exploring Cultural Diversity”, Designed and co-led two day workshops with probation officers, administrators and supervisors in the State Juvenile Justice System.

1991          Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener, PA, Case conference:  “The Impact of Cultural and Racial Factors in Therapeutic Interactions.”