Professor Garcia’s work engages historical and institutional processes through which violence and suffering are produced and lived. A central theme is the disproportionate burden of addiction, depression and incarceration among poor families and communities. Her research is oriented toward understanding how attachments, affect, and practices of intimacy are important registers of politics and economy. She is currently engaged in research in Mexico City that examines emerging social and discursive worlds related to the dynamics of extreme urban poverty, mental illness and drug addiction in Mexico City, particularly within its peripheral zones.
Her book, “The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along The Rio Grande” (University of California Press, 2010), explores the relationship between intergenerational heroin use, poverty and colonial history in northern New Mexico.