Denia Garcia

Credentials: Assistant Professor


307 Observatory Hill Office Building
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1211

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Denia Garcia is an Assistant Professor of Public Affairs.

Garcia’s work examines the role of space and organizations in shaping how inequalities are experienced and reproduced. She is writing a book about community and belonging in a diverse neighborhood based on in-depth fieldwork in a Chicago neighborhood.

Garcia also studies participatory budgeting, racial classification, and skin color in the United States and Latin America using quantitative and qualitative methods. The National Science Foundation and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy have supported her work.

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  • Ph.D., Princeton University, Sociology
  • M.A., Princeton University, Sociology
  • BA, Northwestern University, Sociology, Psychology


Public affairs courses taught by Denia Garcia:

PA 200 Contemporary Public Policy Issues

PA 520 Inequality, Race and Public Policy

PA 974 Nonprofit Leadership and Management

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