William García is an Afro-Puerto Rican raised between New York and Puerto Rico. William has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in History from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras where he focused on Caribbean music and transnational migration between the United States and the circum-Caribbean. While completing this project, he worked as an educator in Austin, Texas, which later prompted him to move to New York City and complete a Master’s in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College-Columbia University. William’s Action Research Project focused on the lack of historical literacies in elementary schools.
In New York, William collaborated with many activists, intellectuals, educators, and writers in the Afro-Latino Festival, City College of New York, The Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research, and Teachers College. Before coming to KU, he worked as an information assistant and youth program coordinator in Harlem’s Countee Cullen Library. While at the Countee Cullen Library, William began to notice the emphasis on Afro-American picture books and they way they manipulated Black creolizations and reduced black U.S. history to ancestral Afro-Americans and nationhood while ignoring Black migrants narratives. Meanwhile, William also served as an adjunct instructor for The City College of New York’s Department of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies teaching “Latino Youth in Schools” with an emphasis on Afro-Latino youth.
As a PhD student in American Studies at KU, William’s research is aimed at re-narrating black diasporic historiography in the United States through an afro-diasporic lens in order to explore how Afro-Americanness—as a homogenized identity that has been mediated through the nation—invisibilizes diasporic blackness such as black migrant creolizations, resulting in a U.S. black-white bifurcated re-coloniality of racial discourse and citizenship. He believes that uncovering the reasons why Afro-Americans have more representation in the media and institutions than other marginalized groups at the expense of diasporic blackness and other narratives from people of color will foster more unity and inclusive narratives among marginalized groups.
Areas of Interest:
Blackness in the media
Black history in Public Institutions