Jose Zebedeo Garcia


Title: (Retired) Political Science Educator
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

Jose Garcia, Retired Political Science Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Garcia attended Occidental College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1966. He continued his academic pursuits at Tufts University, earning a Master of Arts in 1968, and accepted a position as an assistant professor at California State University in 1972. After concluding his academic pursuits at the University of New Mexico in 1974, where he obtained a PhD, Dr. Garcia departed from California State University and started as an assistant professor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces in 1975. During his 35-year career at the university, he rose to the rank of an associate professor, and in 2010 he transitioned to working for the State of New Mexico as the secretary of higher education. He held this post until his retirement in 2014.

Dr. Garcia has served as a consultant for various political campaigns, and has shared his expertise as a speaker for the U.S. State Department in numerous Latin American countries since 1984. From 1989 to 1991, he held the position of a distinguished visiting professor to the U.S. Army School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia, which honored him with a Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Garcia has also contributed multiple articles to professional journals, and he maintains affiliation with the Latin American Studies Association, the American Political Science Association and the Rocky Mountain Latin American Studies Council. In the coming years, he plans to dedicate himself to researching and creating structures which lead to cooperation instead of conflict. As a testament to his success and stature, Dr. Garcia has been selected for inclusion in the 23rd and 24th editions of Who’s Who in the West.

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