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Lorena Garcia, PhD

Associate Professor & Associate Head

Sociology &  Latin American and Latino Studies

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

4112B BSB


1007 West Harrison St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-3759

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Affiliated Faculty: Gender and Women's Studies Program

Recent Courses: 

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 100)
  • Sociology of Youth (SOC 215)
  • Gender and Society (SOC 224)
  • Sociology of Latinxs (SOC 229)
  • Sociology of Gender (SOC 424)
  • Graduate Seminar: Sociology of Sexualities (SOC 520)
  • Senior Capstone Experience (SOC 490)
  • Graduate Seminar: Latinas in the United States (LALS 502/SOC 520)
  • Graduate Seminar: Sociology of Gender (SOC 524)

Lorena Garcia is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is the author of Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Latina Girls and Sexual Identity (New York University Press, 2012), which received the 2013 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the ASA Section on Race, Gender, and Class. Her work has also been published in Gender & Society, Social Problems, Latino Studies, and Identities: Global Studies in Power & Culture. She has also co-edited a special issue of the National Women’s Studies Association Journal (NWSA) [now Feminist Formations] on Latina sexualities and is a co-editor of the NYU Press book series, Critical Perspectives on Youth. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, intersectionality, Latina/x/o studies, and youth studies.  She is currently working on her second book project exploring  newly middle-class Latinxs parents' perspectives and approaches to parenting.