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Associate Professor of Anthropology
BioProfessor Garcia’s work engages historical and institutional processes through which violence and suffering is 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.
Garcia’s book, The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along The Rio Grande (University of California Press, 2010) received the 2012 Victor Turner Prize and a 2010 Pen Center USA Award. The Pastoral Clinic explores the relationship between intergenerational heroin use, poverty and colonial history in northern New Mexico. It argues that heroin addiction among Hispanos is a contemporary expression of an enduring history of dispossession, social and intimate fragmentation, and the existential desire for a release from these. Ongoing work in the U.S. explores processes of legal “re-entry” and intimate repair that incarcerated and paroled drug users undertake, particularly within kin networks.
Professor Garcia 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.
Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2014
Master of Arts Student in Anthropology, admitted Winter 2016
BioDillon Gisch is currently Arthur Ross / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and PhD Candidate in Classical Archaeology at Stanford University.
His dissertation investigates how ancient viewers understood replication and difference in images of "modest Venus" in the Roman world. He also has broad interests in Hellenistic and Roman visual culture; social archaeology and art history; the historiographies of classical art and archaeology; gender and ethnicity; collecting, museum, and heritage ethics; and the analysis of humanistic legacy data.
Previously, he received his BA in Classical Studies and Art History with Distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Washington (Seattle). He has worked as a gallerist of early modern and modern (1450–1970) European, American, and Japanese graphic art on paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. He has also excavated in central Italy at Poggio Civitate (Murlo) and Cosa. One portion of his ongoing dissertation research has been featured on The Europe Center's website.