Why hello there…


My name is Antero Garcia. I am an assistant professor in the English department at Colorado State University and associate faculty in the ethnic studies department. I research literacies, games, learning and technology.

I recently published a book, Critical Foundations in Young Adult Literature: Challenging Genres, that is a primer on critical theories and contemporary literature written for teens.

I also edited a book called Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom that can be downloaded and read for free here.

I tend to write papers exploring ways we are reading, writing, and learning in new ways due to things like technology and games. My writing highlights inequities in today’s educational system and ways for youth and teachers to proactively design the learning experiences that can happen in and out of schools. You can find many of my academic articles on Google Scholar, Academia.edu, or my blog.

I completed my Ph.D. in the Urban Schooling division of the Graduate School of Education & Information Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Much of my research is built on my eight years of teaching experience at a high school in South Central Los Angeles, where I also helped design and open the Critical Design and Gaming School at the Augustus Hawkins High School. As the name suggests, I like creating and playing games. I have created and co-created several alternate reality games such as the MacArthur Foundation funded Black Cloud game. I am presently researching the ways learning and literacies are shaped in tabletop roleplaying games.

I am currently co-chairing the NCTE Research Forum and I am an NCTE Cultivating New Voices fellow.

When I’m not writing, researching, or teaching, I’m often playing games, going to concerts, or–if she convinces me–going for hikes with my wife. We also have a small, slightly evil dog named Olive. I like cacophonous music and playful literature and tend to amass both in abundant heaps that are on the brink of toppling over in my office at this very moment.I encourage you to regularly check in at my blog or on twitter. I update both regularly with appearances and recent publications.