Professor of Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies and History

ABOUT

Who is Matt Garcia?

If you have read any of my books or articles, or heard me speak on the radio or in a lecture, you know that I am obsessed with two things:  where our food comes from and how the people involved in its production were treated.  My fascination with this topic comes from my family’s experience in food production over three generations and for more than one hundred years in California.

CURRENT PROJECTS

My current work explores US businesses networks throughout the Americas and the ability of working people to shape their own lives in the face of global change.

Eli and the Octopus

The death and life of Eli Black–immigrant, rabbi, and businessman–who wrestled with United Fruit Company.  Why he lost and what it tells us about the modern multinational corporation.

Food Across Borders

Our food comes from beyond our North American borders and from the hands of immigrants. What are the consequences for us as individuals and society?

MAKING CITIES GLOBAL:  THE TRANSNATIONAL TURN IN URBAN HISTORY

New perspectives on how cities have become transnational, edited by A.K. Sandoval-Strausz and Nancy H. Kwak.  My chapter explores the attempted erasure of a Mexican barrio in suburban Los Angeles in the name of globalized higher education.

If you have read any of my books or articles, or heard me speak on the radio or in a lecture, you know that I am obsessed with two things:  where our food comes from and how the people involved in its production were treated.  My fascination with this topic comes from my family’s experience in food production over three generations and for more than one hundred years in California.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

-Immigration and Labor

 

-Agriculture and Food

 

-Sports and Social Movements

 

-Los Angeles and the West

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