Department of Anthropology and Social Change
School of Consciousness and Transformation
Fanny Julissa García is an oral historian contributing work to Central American Studies. In her most recent work, Reminiscences on Migration: A Central American Lyric, she intertwined her own migration story using lyric poetry and vignettes with oral history interviews conducted with Central American refugee women released from detention centers at the U.S./Mexico border. She has worked for more than 15 years as a social justice advocate to combat the public health and socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS on low income communities, worked closely with organizations fighting for the end of family detention, and supported survivors of sexual violence. She has written plays about the impact of HIV on Latinas and their families, plus short stories and essays about the Central American diaspora. She serves as the Communications Coordinator for Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, a network of oral historians, activists, cultural workers, community organizers and documentary artists that use oral history to further movement building and transformative social change. She also works at the New-York Historical Society, and is co-founder of Social Exchange Institute, a media and education company that uses multi-media tools to produce work that promotes social justice and equity. She serves on the editorial board for the Oral History Association’s Oral History Review and recently joined The Path Home: Immigrants Making America, a multimedia storytelling project that documents the narratives of over 2.7 million undocumented immigrants who qualified for a path to citizenship through the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. She’s a graduate of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University where she received the Judge Jack B. Weinstein Scholarship Award for Oral History and the Oral History Teaching and Social Justice Award.