Edgar Garcia was named a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in 2017. His research focuses on the hemispheric literatures and cultures of the Americas, primarily during the 20th century. He examines the fields of indigenous and Latino studies, American literature, poetry and poetics, and environmental criticism. His courses regularly touch on the intersection of poetry and anthropology.
To date, Garcia’s writings, both critical and creative, have appeared in Antioch Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Jacket2, Los Angeles Review of Books, Mandorla, MAKE: A Literary Magazine, and Publications of the Modern Language Association. He is the co-editor of American Literature in the World, an anthology released by Columbia University Press. He is also the author of the books Skins of Columbus: A Dream Ethnography (Fence Books, 2019) and Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Garcia's new book is on divination and migration, especially across the Americas, focalizing a conception of risk analysis different from that of demographics and the theory of probability.
Previously Garcia was a Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. He has also been awarded fellowships from the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry at The New School.
Garcia received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in English, and a PhD from Yale University.