In addition to his instruction in Political Science at the University of New Mexico, Distinguished Professor Emeritus F. Chris Garcia has contributed to the academic community through his authorship of many pieces of literature. He has edited collections of essays by Latino political figures in “Pursuing Power: Latinos and the Political System” and edited and contributed to the anthology of New Mexican political perspectives in “New Mexico Government,” published in 1994.
In addition to his editorship, F. Chris Garcia has composed several renowned works. In 1977, Garcia published his pioneering observations on Latino politics in the United States in “The Chicano Political Experience: Three Perspectives” and later expanded his findings in 2007 with the publication of “Hispanics and the U.S. Political System: Moving into the Mainstream,” which documented the rising trend of Latino perspectives in American politics.
Chris Garcia has used his comprehensive understanding of the political landscape of New Mexico and the United States to encourage more active involvement in his community. His work in the Albuquerque community and New Mexican State Department of Education has resulted in widespread educational and political reform that has significantly impacted the education of thousands of students in New Mexico. While he is no longer an instructor at UNM, his written works continue to serve as invaluable resources for students pursuing a professional career (F. Garcia) in politics.
Specifically targeting students, Garcia has worked with political organizations such as Think New Mexico, a group dedicated to giving under represented New Mexicans a stronger voice in their political landscape, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Board of Directors, with whom he worked to encourage the national enhancement of Hispanic representation in American politics.