Maria Garcia

Professor Maria Garcia

Adjunct Lecturer



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)

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Working on a book about the female gaze in film.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Professional Member of PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists)
  • GSUSA Certification for Diversity Trainer

Additional Information

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.