Michelle Garcia

Michelle Garcia
Michelle García is a columnist for the Observer. Her work has appeared in Salon, the Boston Review, the Atlantic Monthly’s Quartz and The Washington Post among other publications. García, a native South Texan, is at work on a book about myth, the border and manhood, and her documentary film, Against Mexico: the Making of Heroes and Enemies, can be found at PBS.org. michellegarciainc.com | @pistoleraprod michellegarciainc.com | @pistoleraprod
  • Mirador de la Flor

    Resurrecting the Legacy of Selena

    When I imagine a present-day Selena, I see the star power packed in her smile, the feminine power in her hips, and I hear the love in her songs. But mostly, when I envision a 44-year-old Selena, I think of Selena the public servant. Full Story

  • DREAM Act

    Greater State: The Just-World Theory Paradox

    Developed by Melvin Lerner during the 1960s, the “just-world theory” describes the tendency for people to believe that the world is an inherently fair place. The truth is that we don't live in a just world, and inequality is growing worse along with shrinking social mobility. Full Story

  • Downtown San Antonio

    Segregation Texas Style

    Texas metro areas have some of the highest levels of segregation in the nation, causing many Latinos to face economic and educational inequality. Full Story

  • Children waiting in the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia in Reynosa, Mexico.

    Your Brain on the Border

    For insights into the thinking behind the Texas Legislature’s proposed border policy—which amounts to more boots, guns and money—we look to the science of […] Full Story

  • Greater State columnist Michelle Garcia

    The ‘Texas Miracle’ Does Little for Women in the Real World

    Talk of miracles ignores the multitudes who make Texas a national leader in low-paying work. Full Story

  • Children waiting in the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia in Reynosa, Mexico.

    Your Brain on the Border

    For insights into the thinking behind the Texas Legislature’s proposed border policy—which amounts to more boots, guns and money—we look to the science of […] Full Story

  • art work for Michelle Garcia's essay for 60th anniversary issue

    The Next 60: Living at the Edge of Change

    Less obvious was the border as a place, home to millions of people charting a future within the paradox that is the border—desperately poor but highly lucrative; largely ignored while occupying a mythical place in the popular imagination. Full Story

  • Backlash to a Rape

    A few days after my 16th birthday, a woman walking along a lonely highway in the neighboring town accepted a ride from an acquaintance. […] Full Story