Frank García

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Contact Information

338 English Building
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

By appointment

Research Interests

  • Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x Literature, Film, and Culture
  • 20th and 21st Century African American Literature, Film, and Culture
  • Black and Brown Prison, Gang, and Migration Narratives
  • Border Studies
  • 19th, 20th, and 21st Century American Literature
  • Race, Racism, and White Supremacy
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Queer of Color Critique
  • Women of Color Feminisms

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 245: The Short Story
  • ENGL 104: Intro to Film
  • ENGL 116: Intro to American Literature
  • ENGL 109: Intro to Fiction
  • RHET 105: Writing and Research

*Please email me to request my teaching portfolio.

Highlighted Publications


  • García , Frank. "Recovering the Chicano Social Problem Film: Racial Consciousness, Rita Moreno, and the Historiography of The Ring (1952)." Black Camera: An International Film Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, 2019, pp. 89-122. 
  • García, Frank . "Entre Maricones y Locos: Disidentifications, Counterpublics, and Dino Dinco's Homeboy ." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 44, no. 1, 2019, pp. 132-159.
  • García , Frank . "Inside the NBA: Black Dandyism and the Racial Regime." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association (special issue on art and activism), vol. 51, no. 2., 2018, pp. 103-136.
  • García, Frank. "American Cinema's Return to the Borderlands: Migrant Criminalization, Critical Identity Politics, and Nativism in the Trumpian Era." Journal of American Culture, vol. 47, no. 3, 2018, pp. 279-296.


  • When I Walk Through That Door, I Am by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Chiricú: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures. (Forthcoming Fall 2019).
  • Continental Shifts: Migration, Representation, and the Struggle for Justice in Latin(o) America by John D. Riofrio. Latino Studies, vol. 14, no. 3, 2016, pp. 423-425