Joseph J. García, Ph.D., is a graduate of the dual-degree masters programs in Community & Regional Planning and Latin American Studies and the doctoral program in Latin American Studies with concentration in history and sociology. His research is focused on the history of natural resource policy development through the Cuban and Mexican Revolutions. With over twenty years of community organizing and activism experience he has conducted research related to civil rights, voting rights and social Justice in Latin America and the U.S. Southwest. As a graduate student Joseph help found The Project for New Mexico Graduate Students of Color, served as President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, Peace Corps Fellow, Latino and Latin American Library Fellow, UNM-Mellon Dissertation Defense Preparation Fellow, and worked with the Graduate Resource Center engaged in outreach, retention and recruitment of underprivileged graduate students. Currently, Joseph is Adjunct Faculty for the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, teaching Introduction to Chicana and Chicano Studies, History of Immigration and Assimilation, and Latinos in a Global Society through classroom and web-based courses. He served in the Peace Corps (1997-1999), speaks fluent Spanish, and near fluent Brazilian Portuguese and Paraguayan Guarani. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and is also a proficient guitarist and vocalist in a variety of styles and genres of music from throughout the Western Hemisphere.