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Claire Garcia Named New Dean of Faculty

Professor of English Claire Garcia has been named Colorado College’s next dean of the faculty, and will begin a five-year term on July 1. Garcia’s research and teaching focus on women writers in the Americas and Europe. Her many courses at CC have included Contemporary African American Women Writers; The Harlem Renaissance; Introduction to Literary Theory; and Theories of Race and Ethnicity.
Garcia, who will succeed Dean of the Faculty Sandra Wong, has served in a variety of leadership positions, including director of the American Ethnic Studies Program; director of the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies Program; and president of the board of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival.
“Her considerable experience at and beyond CC, her devotion to building a strong and innovative faculty community, and her compelling vision for the future of the liberal arts on our campus all made her stand out in the search process as an outstanding candidate for our next dean,” says Provost Alan Townsend.
Garcia is the author of multiple articles and book chapters, including her most recent piece, “Remapping the Metropolis: Theorizing Black Women’s Subjectivities in Interwar Paris,” which appears in the book “Black French Women and the Struggle for Equality 1848-2016.”  She was the lead editor for the book “From ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ to ‘The Help’: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives of Black Life,” and serves as the board secretary for the Collegium for African American Research, as well as a board member of Colorado Humanities.
Garcia first came to Colorado College as a Riley Scholar in 1990 and joined the Department of English as a tenure-track faculty member a year later.