iIvonne M. García, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Professor of English

Ivonne M. GarcíaKenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, U.S.A.

Ivonne M. García specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, postcolonial, and Latin@ studies, with an emphasis on issues of nation, race, gender, and ethnicity. Her teaching and research are interdisciplinary and mainly influenced by frameworks of discourse analysis, including transhemispheric, transcolonial, and post-nationalist approaches.

She joined the Kenyon College faculty in autumn of 2006 and was awarded a Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship by Kenyon for 2007-08. In 2011, she won the Whiting Teaching Fellowship, which is awarded to junior tenure-track faculty at Kenyon to recognize excellence in teaching. The same year, she was also selected for the Trustee Teaching Excellence Award, created by the Kenyon Board of Trustees to recognize two faculty members each year for "exemplary teaching informed by creative scholarship." Also in 2011, her essay, "Transnational Crossings: Sophia Hawthorne's Authorial Persona from The Cuba Journal to Notes in England and Italy," won the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society's award for best essay by a junior faculty member or graduate student.

In April of 2013, Dr. García was awarded tenure by Kenyon. In the summer of 2013, she directed and co-taught the first Summer Teaching Institute at Kenyon College, especially designed for high school teachers and focused on "Teaching College-Level Writing" beyond existing placement-focused models.

In July of 2014, Dr. García was appointed Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as part of an historic initiative by President Sean Decatur to create the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kenyon College. She continues to teach a reduced schedule in addition to her duties as associate provost.

Before completing her doctoral studies at The Ohio State University, Dr. García was an award-winning newspaper and new media journalist and editor in Puerto Rico.