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Alfredo García

Areas of Interest / Specialization: 
Economic Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Religion
Dissertation Title: 
The Walls of Wynwood: Art and Change in the Global Neighborhood
Dissertation Committee: 
Robert Wuthnow (Chair), Paul DiMaggio, Viviana Zelizer, Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, and Mitch Duneier
Dissertation Abstract: 

How does the global art market and global cultural consumption shape small neighborhoods?  And, moreover, what does this effect indicate about the future of neighborhoods in global cities?  The project unites the literature on globalization, cultural consumption and inequality in its analysis of Wynwood, Miami.  Formerly the Puerto Rican barrio of the city, an area that even police officers feared entering as recently as the late 1990s, this neighborhood has exploded into becoming an global destination for arts and culture.  From internationally-renowned private art collections to hundreds of murals and street art, Wynwood is now a destination point for cultural consumers worldwide.  In less than a decade, the neighborhood transitioned from urban blight to urban chic, from being labeled as dangerous on rental car maps to appearing on the “must do” list in travel guides.  Thousands of the world’s “super-rich”—a catch-all term for High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs)—have flowed through the streets of Wynwood in their pursuit of art.  As a result, Wynwood has become an emerging market centered around cultural consumption and art. Through a long-term ethnographic study, I demonstrate how Wynwood became a "global neighborhood"--a significant node in the roadmap of cultural consumption for the global elites--and how this creation of place shapes the social interactions of those who live, work, and play in the area.  In a world in which the new global elites increasingly, and relatively easily, span the globe for their cultural consumption, how is it that neighborhoods are shaped? 

Publications: 

Academic Articles

Garcia, Alfredo, and Joseph Blankholm.  In Press.  “The Social Context of Organized Nonbelief: County-Level Predictors of Nonbeliever Organizations in the United States.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Kugelmass, Heather, and Alfredo Garcia.  2015.  “Mental Disorders Among Nonreligious Adolescents.”  Journal of Mental Health, Religion, and Culture 18(5): 368-379.
 
Garcia, Alfredo. 2014. “Relational Work in Economic Sociology: A Review and Extension.” Sociology Compass 8(6): 639-647.
 
Garcia, Alfredo.  2011. “From Satan to Hume: The Secularization of Suicide in England and the Reaction from the Pulpit.”  Cult/ure 6 (Spring). 
 
Garcia, Alfredo, and Christy Guzzo.  2007. “Dientes ChiquiTICOS: An Analysis of Juvenile Dentition and Dental Health in Costa Rican Indigenous Communities.”  McGill Journal of Medicine 10 (2): 81-86.

Popular Press (Selected)

2015.  “Pope Francis Causes Division Among Cubans in Miami.” Religion&Politics.

2013.  “The New Jim Crow: Churches Respond to Mass Incarceration.” Religion&Politics.

2012.  “The Lonely Life of American Atheists.” Religion&Politics

2010.  “Religious leaders blast Gingrich, Palin on New York mosque,” Pew Forum

2010.  “Is the Tea Party unbiblical?” Washington Post and Huffington Post.

2010.  “Evangelical’s bestseller is a must-read for members of Mexican drug cartel.” Washington Post.

Grants and awards: 

2016                Chandler Award for Excellence in Religion Reporting, Religion Newswriters Association
2015                Summer Research Funding, Canadian Studies Program, Princeton University
2013                Princeton University Excellence in Teaching Award, Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, The Graduate School, Princeton University
2013                Marvin Bressler Award for Teaching, Sociology Department, Princeton University
2013                Graduate Research Award, Center for the Study of Social Organization, Princeton University
2012-2014       Graduate Research Fellowship, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University
2005                Dean’s Summer Fellowship, Research Grant, Duke University
2005                Youth Activity Fund, Research Grant, The Explorer’s Club
2005                Danenberg Mentorship, Research Grant, Duke University

Teaching Experience: 

Fall 2016 Global Cultures, Religions, and Communications, Masters of Arts in International Administration, University of Miami
Fall 2016 Introduction to Religion, Adjunct Professor, University of Miami
Spring 2016, Fall 2016 Basic Ideas of Sociology, Adjunct Professor, Florida International University
Fall 2016 Religion and Moral Choice, Adjunct Professor, University of Miami
Fall 2016 Introduction to Religion, Adjunct Professor, Florida International University
Fall 2015 Social Deviancy, Adjunct Professor, Florida International University
Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Introduction to Sociology, Adjunct Professor, Florida International University 
2014 Introduction to Sociology, Co-Instructor, Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative, Mercer County Community College, East Jersey State Prison
2013 Introduction to Sociology, Co-Instructor, Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative, Mercer County Community College, Garden State Prison 
2013 Sociology of Religion, Assistant in Instruction, Princeton University 
2012 Money, Work and Social Life (Economic Sociology), Assistant in Instruction, Princeton University 
2012 Sociological Theory, Assistant in Instruction, Princeton University 
2012 Introduction to Sociology, Co-Instructor, Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative, Mercer County Community College, Garden State Prison 
2009 Science and Religion throughout History, St. Paul’s School, London, UK
2009 Cults, Sects and Rock n’ Roll (Popular Religion), St. Paul’s School, London, UK 
2008 South Park, Religion, and Satire: Comedic Portrayals of Religion in Contemporary American Film and Television, Co-Instructor, under guidance of Mark Goodacre, Department of Religious Studies, Duke University 
2006 Human Osteology, Teaching Assistant, Duke University 
2006 Quaternary Prehistory of Southern Africa and Paleoanthropological Field Methods, Teaching Assistant, Duke in South Africa Program, Duke University