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    Profile

    Claire Oberon Garcia

    Dean of the Faculty/Professor of English

    • Academic staff support
    • Academic budgets, Budget Comm.
    • Accreditation and assessment
    • Chair and director appointments
    • Committee on Instruction (COI) chair
    • Curriculum Committee
    • Diversity & Equity Advisory Board
    • External review team visits
    • Faculty & dept/program issues
    • Faculty development funds
    • Faculty Meetings
    • Hiring for tenure-track positions
    • Approves faculty positions
    • Interviews tenure track candidates
    • Professorship appointments
    • Retirement plans for faculty
    • Reviews for 3rd year, tenure, and promotion to full professor
    • Sabbaticals and leaves
    • Salary reviews for faculty

    Claire Oberon Garcia has been a professor of English at Colorado College for nearly 30 years. She first came to CC as a Riley scholar in 1990 and became a tenure-track faculty member a year later. She is a feminist scholar whose work focuses on gender and the Black Atlantic, Black Internationalism, and the curation and commemoration of the experiences of enslaved Africans in Europe, the US, and the Caribbean. Most of the courses she teaches are  interdisciplinary classes that are cross-listed among English, Comparative Literature, Feminist and Gender Studies and Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies. Her favorite courses to teach are Black Writers in Paris 1900-1960 (taught in Paris) and Introduction to Literary Theory.

    Garcia 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. She currently serves as the board secretary for the Collegium for African American Research, Europe’s oldest Black Studies organization, as a board member of Colorado Humanities, and on the Advisory Board for the Byers-Evans Women’s History Center.

    In addition, 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.” Garcia was also the lead editor for the book “From ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ to ‘The Help’: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives of Black Life.” Her monograph, Beyond Baker and Bricktop: Black Women Writers in Paris 1900-1960 is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press in 2020.

    Education

      B.A. Philosophy and Literature, Bennington College
      M.A. English and American Literature, University of Denver
      Ph.D. English and American Literature, University of Denver