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Eugene Garcia, Ph.D.


Eugene Garcia
Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.S., University of Kansas; B.A., University of Utah

Research Interests
Early childhood education, language teaching, bilingual development, psycholinguistics

Dr. Eugene Garcia is the Distinguished Professor of Research at NHU. He is also a professor emeritus at Arizona State University, where he served as dean of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education on the university's Tempe campus and as vice president for education partnerships. He is also a professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was dean of the Graduate School of Education. Dr. Garcia has served as a post-doctoral fellow in human development at Harvard University, a National Research Council fellow, and a National Kellogg Leadership fellow.

During his career, Dr. Garcia also has been a faculty member at the University of Utah; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has served as a director and senior officer in the U.S. Department of Education and has chaired the National Task Force on Early Education for Hispanics funded by the Foundation for Child Development. He is currently conducting research on effective schooling for linguistically and culturally diverse student populations and has been appointed to the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.

Dr. Garcia has been honored by a number of national education associations and most recently received an honorary doctorate from the Erikson Institute in Chicago for his contributions to the child development field. The author of approximately 200 articles and book chapters and 14 books and monographs, his most recent book, with co-author Erminda Garcia, is Understanding the Language Development and Early Education of Hispanic Children, published by Teachers College Press in 2012.