Office Hours: Mondays, 11:50-12:50 MU (TBA)
Professor Garcia has taught writing classes for over 20 years in undergraduate and graduate departments of English, film studies and journalism. She is the author of “Cinematic Quests of Identity: The Hero’s Encounter with the Beast” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), a scholarly consideration of the ways in which Western and Eastern myths, folklore and literature about the quest are represented in American, European and Asian movies.
In addition to being a part-time professor at BMCC, Professor Garcia is a freelance journalist, film critic and feature writer for Cineaste and the Los Angeles Times. She writes the film column for the Washington, D.C.-based Ambassador Magazine.
Her first book was a groundbreaking module on achieving gender equity in informal educational environments; its publication was noted in a 1994 issue of the Congressional Record.
Film criticism; feature writing/interviews; non-fiction writing; academic writing; diversity training.
Over 25 years of experience as a part-time and full-time academic in undergraduate departments of English and cinema studies, and graduate department of design (as writing advisor): CUNY/Baruch, CUNY/City Tech, College of New Rochelle, Dine College (Navajo Reservation), Rutgers and Pratt.
- M.A. Cinema Studies, CUNY at College of Staten Island
- B.A. Drama, CUNY at Richmond College (College of Staten Island)
- English Composition is the standard freshman writing course. The course introduces students to academic writing. By its conclusion, students will be ready for English 201 and for the writing they will be asked to do in advanced courses across the curriculum. Students completing ENG 101 will have mastered the fundamentals of college-level reading and writing, including developing a thesis-driven response to the writing of others and following the basic conventions of citation and documentation. They will have practiced what Mike Rose calls the "habits of mind" necessary for success in college and in the larger world: summarizing, classifying, comparing, contrasting, and analyzing. Students will be introduced to basic research methods and MLA documentation and complete a research project. Students are required to take a departmental final exam that requires the composition of a 500 word, thesis-driven essay in conversation with two designated texts.
Prerequisite: Pass the CAT-R and CAT-W or Accuplacer tests
- This is a course that builds upon skills introduced in English 101. In this course, literature is the field for the development of critical reading, critical thinking, independent research, and writing skills. Students are introduced to literary criticisms and acquire basic knowledge necessary for the analysis of texts (including literary terms and some literary theory); they gain proficiency in library and internet research; and they hone their skills as readers and writers. Assignments move from close readings of literary texts in a variety of genres to analyses that introduce literary terms and broader contexts, culminating in an independent, documented, thesis-driven research paper. By the conclusion of English 201, students will be prepared for the analytical and research-based writing required in upper-level courses across the curriculum; they will also be prepared for advanced courses in literature.
Prerequisite: ENG 101
Research and Projects
Working on a book about the female gaze in film.
- “Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero’s Encounter with the Beast” https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442246973/Cinematic-Quests-for-Identity-The-Hero’s-Encounter-with-the-Beast
- LA Times Review, “Walking on Water”: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-walking-on-water-review-20190523-story.html
- “On Her Shoulders” (About Nadia Murad): http://fj.webedia.us/human-rights-watch-fest-opener-her-shoulders-focuses-brave-yazidi-activist
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- Professional Member of PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists)
- GSUSA Certification for Diversity Trainer
Academia: Have taught 200 level journalism courses at Baruch, as well as World Lit (Dante); 200 level courses in film at College of New Rochelle and Dine College.
Adult Education: Lead Trainer, Curriculum Developer for adult ed course in achieving gender equity in informal educational environments.