Jenny Garcia

  • Assistant Professor of Politics and Comparative American Studies


  • BA, University of California, at Berkeley, 2006
  • MA, University of California, at Irvine, 2011
  • PhD, University of California, at Irvine, 2016


Jennifer Garcia is an assistant professor of politics. Her research focuses on the intersection of American political institutions and race and ethnic politics. More particularly, she is interested in the political representation of racial and ethnic minorities, as well as marginalized and disadvantaged subgroups.

Her current book project, From Protest to Policymaking: Black Legislative Strategies in the Post-War Era, looks at the legislative strategies black members of Congress use to advance black policy priorities. Her research has been published in Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, and Election Law Journal.

She teaches courses on the American Presidency, the U.S. Congress, American Politics, Race and Ethnic Politics, Political Parties, and Political Representation.

Fall 2021

American Presidency & Presidentail Power — POLT 279
Race in Congress — POLT 370


Jenny Garcia Appointed to Political Research Quarterly Editorial Team

October 18, 2021

Assistant Professor of Politics Jenny Garcia has been appointed to the editorial team of Political Research Quarterly, the flagship journal for the Western Political Science Association.

Jennifer Garcia Receives Award

April 26, 2018

Assistant Professor of Politics Jennifer Garcia’s paper, coauthored with Christopher Stout, ”Racism and Policymaking: How Racial Resentment Shapes Legislative Behavior in the U.S. Congress," was awarded Best Paper on Blacks and Politics from the Western Political Science Association.