Assistant Professor, School of Information
University of Michigan
Dr. Patricia Garcia is an Assistant Professor. She conducts sociocultural research on race, gender, and technology with a special interest in studying how the use of culturally responsive computing practices can increase girls’ participation in STEM activities. She is currently conducting research on how technology programs can use girls’ self- identified cultural markers to shape the “responsive” nature of computational learning experiences (National Science Foundation award #1651653). She is also experimenting with a low-resource model for promoting culturally responsive computing programs in public libraries (IMLS award #LG-80-16-0116-16). Her research team is composed of scholars from the fields of education, information studies, and computer science. She has active collaborations with partners such as Black Girls Rock!, The Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, Ypsilanti District Library, Tempe Public Library, and Imperial County Free Library.