Matthew Garcia

Matt Garcia is the director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He also directs the Comparative Border Studies Program. He previously taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the University of Oregon, and Brown University. His book, A World of Its Own: Race, Labor and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 won the award for the best book in oral history by the Oral History Association in 2003. His most recent book, From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement, won the Philip Taft Award for the Best Book in Labor History, 2013. Garcia was also the outreach director and co-primary investigator for the Bracero Archive Project, which was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in 2008, and the recipient of the Best Public History Award by the National Council for Public History in 2009-2010. He was born in Upland, California and graduated from Damien High School in LaVerne. He completed his Ph.D. in History at the Claremont Graduate University in 1997.