Michelle García

Michelle García's 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

Resurrecting the Legacy of Selena

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Texas Politics

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. Read More


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. Read More

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

Your Brain on the Border

The science of the brain can shed some light on the rhetoric surrounding the border surge and the Texas Legislature's policy decisions.

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 the brain. Mind you, left-brain/right-brain dominance won’t explain the record $815 million in proposed border security … Read More


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. Read More

Criminal Justice

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. She climbed into a car carrying four men. Linda Gaitan was 19, a young mother who … Read More