Marc A. Garcia

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies

Curriculum Vitae


Marc A. Garcia (he/him) is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology with a traineeship in demography and a Portfolio in Mexican American and Latino Studies from the University of Texas-Austin in December 2015. Garcia’s research is organized around two interrelated themes that seek to explain health disparities across the life course in the United States and Mexico to better inform the development of actionable and culturally appropriate health policies. The first focuses on physical and cognitive health disparities among older racial/ethnic and immigrant adults. The second explores health and mortality outcomes of older Latinx subgroups residing in the United States. Recent work includes “Educational Benefits and Cognitive Health Life Expectancies: Racial/Ethnic, Nativity, and Gender Disparities” in The Gerontologist and “The Color of Covid-19: Structural Racism and the Disproportionate Impact of the Pandemic on Older Black and Latinx Adults” in The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. Past research has been supported by the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) pilot funding from the Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and by the National Science Foundation through the Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Network and the CONVERGE facility housed at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Garcia is a member of the American Sociological Association, Gerontological Society of America, Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, and Population Association of America. He currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.


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