Contact: F. Chris Garcia, 277-5217 or
Laurie Mellas-Ramirez, 277-5915

September 12, 2001


F. Chris GarciaThe American Political Science Association (APSA) recently honored University of New Mexico Professor of Political Science F. Chris Garcia with the Frank J. Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service. The award, named for the first president of the APSA is bestowed for outstanding contributions to the development of the political science profession and its national professional organization.

"The honor puts him in the company of a very small group of distinguished political science faculty in the nation," said colleague Paul Hain, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. "One would have to walk the halls and foyers of the annual APSA meeting with Dr. Garcia to gain a sense of how well he is known and how highly he is regarded within the profession."

The award citation states, "Scholar, author, leader of the profession: For thirty years, you have contributed to the field of Latino politics, served the profession and documented the growth of the discipline."

Garcia has been at UNM for nearly his entire career, joining the political science faculty as assistant professor in 1970. He has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1980-86; vice president for academic affairs, 1987-1990; and as provost, 1993 and 1998-2000. He was recognized with the Regents' Meritorious Service Medal in 1996.

A specialist in political behavior, American government, campaigns, elections and public opinion, he earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from UNM and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Davis. A member of the editorial boards for Political Research Quarterly and Social Science Quarterly, his scholarship has been honored by the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Spencer Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. He is the author or co-author and editor of 10 books, numerous articles, chapters and reviews. Garcia is widely sought as a speaker, panelist and expert commentator.

The award citation further states, "You entered the profession at a time when Latinos were absent from the leadership of learned societies and by your example you pioneered the role of Latinos in the political science profession." Said Garcia, "To be honored by our national association with this award was a great surprise. To be so recognized for doing things one enjoys is especially rewarding. I am greatly honored and deeply appreciative."

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