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Maria Cristina Garcia

History professor Maria Cristina Garcia studies refugees, immigrants, exiles, and transnationals in the Americas. She considers herself primarily a historian of twentieth century U.S. history, but her interest in mobile populations has increasingly blurred the geographic borders of her work.

Maria Cristina’s first book, Havana USA, examines the migration of Cubans to the United States after Fidel Castro took power in 1959. Her second book, Seeking Refuge, is a study of the individuals, groups, and organizations that responded to the Central American refugee crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, reshaping refugee policies throughout North America. She is currently completing a new book project, a study of refugee and asylum policy in the United States since the end of the Cold War.

Maria Cristina earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s and PhD from the University of Texas–Austin.