PhD in History, Concordia University
Derek Xavier Garcia was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas. However, his research and studies have led him far from the border: from a BA at Amherst College, to a Master’s degree in Civilisation Américaine at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3). He now resides in Montréal, where he is a doctoral student in History at Concordia University. His research focuses on historical Mexican-American and Chicano educational activism in South Texas, with an emphasis on folklore and oral history. His work on folklorist and scholar Américo Paredes has been published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies.