Marc A. Garcia
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
Marc A., Patricia A Homan, Catherine García and Tyson H Brown. 2021.
"The Color of COVID-19: Structural Racism and the Pandemic’s
Disproportionate Impact on Older Black and Latinx Adults." The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.
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. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa158.
Marc A., Adriana M. Reyes and Catherine García. 2021. "The COVID-19
Pandemic and Precarious Aging: The Importance of an Equity Response."
Generations. 45 (2), 20-27.
Fernando I. Rivera, Marc A. Garcia, Giovani Burgos,
and Maria P. Aranda. 2021.
"Contextualizing the COVID-19 Era in Puerto Rico: Compounding
Disasters and Parallel Pandemics." The
Journals of Gerontology: Series B. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa186.
G Robin, 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." The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa117.
Garcia, Marc A., David F. Warner, Catherine Garcia, Brian
Downer, and Mukaila Raji. 2021. “Age Patterns in Self-Reported Cognitive
Impairment among Older Latino Subgroups and Non-Latino Whites in the U.S., 1997
to 2018: Implications for Public Health Policy, Innovation in Aging.
Garcia, Marc A., Brian Downer, Chi-Tsun Chiu, Joseph L Saenz,
Kasim Ortiz and Rebeca Wong. 2021. "Educational Benefits and Cognitive
Health Life Expectancies: Racial/Ethnic, Nativity, and Gender
Disparities." The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnaa112.
Marc A., and Philip A. Cantu. "Cognitive Health and Psychological
Well-Being among Latinx Older Adults in the United States and Mexico, The
Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 2021. gbab069. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbab069.
Marc A., Joseph L. Saenz, Chi-Tsun Chiu, Brian Downer, and Rebeca Wong.
2021. “Rural and Urban Differences in Cognitive Healthy Life Expectancies Among
Older Adults in Mexico.” in J. L. Angel, M. L. Ortega, and L. M. Gutiérrez
Robledo. (eds) Understanding the Context of Cognitive Aging: Mexico and the
United States. Cham: Springer.
Mejia-Arango, Silvia, Jaqueline Avila, Brian
Downer, Marc A. Garcia, Alejandra Michaels-Obregon, Joseph L. Sáenz,
Rafael Samper-Ternent, Rebeca Wong. 2021. “Effect of Demographic and Health
Dynamics on Cognitive Status in Mexico between 2001 and 2015: Evidence from the
Mexican Health and Aging Study.” Geriatrics, 6(3), 63.
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:
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:
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.