Assistant Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, 2015
Medical sociology, aging and the life course, racial/ethnic disparities, minority and immigrant health
Marc A. Garcia (he/him)
joins the Sociology Department in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and
Public Affairs as a tenure-track assistant professor in fall 2021. At Syracuse
University, Garcia will teach classes in Minority Aging and Health including, Racial/Ethnic
Disparities in Health and Healthcare.
Prior to joining Syracuse University, Garcia
was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2018-21
where he taught Physical Health Disparities and Sociology of
Health Care and Health Professions.
Garcia’s research is organized around two interrelated
themes that seek to explain health disparities across the life course in the
United States and Mexico to better inform the development of actionable and
culturally appropriate health policies. The first focuses on physical and
cognitive health disparities among older racial/ethnic and immigrant adults.
The second explores longevity and mortality outcomes among older Latinx
His work has been instrumental in highlighting the
heterogeneity among older Latinxs by furthering our understanding of how
nativity, country of origin, and immigration experiences intersect with gender
to create unique trajectories of functional and cognitive impairment for
foreign-born who migrate to the United States in late life. Recently published work includes “Educational
Benefits and Cognitive Health Life Expectancies: Racial/Ethnic, Nativity, and
Gender Disparities” in The Gerontologist and “The Color of Covid-19:
Structural Racism and the Disproportionate Impact of the Pandemic on Older
Black and Latinx Adults” in The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
Past research has
been supported by the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) pilot funding from the
Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) at the
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and by the National Science Foundation
through the Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Network and the
CONVERGE facility housed at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of
In 2021, Garcia was
awarded the Harold & Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award by the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln, a highly prestigious University award for an outstanding junior faculty member who has demonstrated
creative research, extraordinary teaching abilities, and academic promise.
Professor Garcia is a member of the American
Sociological Association, Gerontological Society of
America, Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, and Population
Association of America. He currently serves as an editorial board member for
the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and the Journal of Gerontology:
Social Sciences,and associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer's
Garcia earned a
Ph.D. in 2015, from the University of Texas-Austin, an M.S. in 2011 from Texas
A&M University, and a B.A. in 2008, from the University of Texas-Pan
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (*denotes student co-author; + denotes equal authors)
Garcia, Marc A, Patricia A Homan, Catherine García and Tyson H Brown. 2021. "The Color of Covid-19: Structural Racism and the Disproportionate Impact of the Pandemic on Older Black and Latinx Adults." The Journals of Gerontology: Series B 76(3):e75-e80. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa114.
Gauthier, Gertrude R, Jeffrey A Smith, Catherine García, Marc A Garcia and Patricia A Thomas. 2021. "Exacerbating Inequalities: Social Networks, Racial/Ethnic Disparities, and the Covid-19 Pandemic in the United States." The Journals of Gerontology: Series B 76(3):e88-e92. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa117.
Sáenz, Rogelio and Marc A Garcia. 2021. "The Disproportionate Impact of Covid-19 on Older Latino Mortality: The Rapidly Diminishing Latino Paradox." The Journals of Gerontology: Series B 76(3):e81-e87. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa158.
García, Catherine, Fernando I. Rivera, Marc A. Garcia, Giovani Burgos, and Maria P. Aranda. 2020. "Contextualizing the COVID-19 Era in Puerto Rico: Compounding Disasters and Parallel Pandemics." The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa186.
Garcia, Marc A., Brian Downer, Chi-Tsun Chiu, Joseph L Saenz, Kasim Ortiz and Rebeca Wong. 2020. "Educational Benefits and Cognitive Health Life Expectancies: Racial/Ethnic, Nativity, and Gender Disparities." The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnaa112.
Garcia, Marc A., Kasim Ortiz*, Sandra P. Arévalo, Erica D. Diminich, Emily Briceño, Irving E. Vega and Wassim Tarraf. 2020. "Age of Migration and Cognitive Function among Older Latinos in the United States." Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 76:1493-511. doi: 10.3233/JAD-191296.
Ortiz, Kasim*, Marc A. Garcia, Emily Briceño, Erica D. Diminich, Sandra P. Arévalo, Irving E. Vega and Wassim Tarraf. 2020. "Glycosylated Hemoglobin Level, Race/Ethnicity, and Cognition in Midlife and Early Old Age." Research in Human Development 17(1):20-40. doi: 10.1080/15427609.2020.1743810
Garcia, Marc A., Adriana M Reyes, Catherine García, Chi-Tsun Chiu and Grecia Macias*. 2020. "Nativity and Country of Origin Variations in Life Expectancy with Functional Limitations among Older Hispanics in the United States." Research on Aging 42(7-8):199-207. doi: 10.1177/0164027520914512.
Saenz, Joseph L., Marc A. Garcia and Brian Downer. 2020. "Late Life Depressive Symptoms and Cognitive Function among Older Mexican Adults: The Past and the Present." Aging & Mental Health 24(3):413-22. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1544214.
Reyes, Adriana M and Marc A. Garcia. 2020. "Gender and Age of Migration Differences in Mortality among Older Mexican Americans." The Journals of Gerontology: Series B 75(8):1707-18. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbz038.
García, Catherine, Marc A. Garcia, Chi-Tsun Chiu, Fernando I Rivera and Mukaila Raji. 2019. "Life Expectancies with Depression by Age of Migration and Gender among Older Mexican Americans." The Gerontologist 59(5):877-85. doi: 10.1093/geront/gny107.
Garcia, Marc A., Brian Downer, Chi-Tsun Chiu, Joseph L. Saenz, Sunshine Rote and Rebeca Wong. 2019. "Racial/Ethnic and Nativity Differences in Cognitive Life Expectancies among Older Adults in the United States." The Gerontologist 59(2):281-89. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx142.
Mutambudzi, Miriam, Nai-wei Chen, Bret Howrey, Marc A. Garcia and Kyriakos S. Markides. 2019. "Physical Performance Trajectories and Mortality among Older Mexican Americans." The Journals of Gerontology: Series A 74(2):233-39. doi: 10.1093/gerona/gly013.
Downer, Brian, Marc A. Garcia, Mukaila Raji and Kyriakos S Markides. 2019. "Cohort Differences in Cognitive Impairment and Cognitive Decline among Mexican-Americans Aged 75 Years or Older." American Journal of Epidemiology 188(1):119-29. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwy196.