John J. Garcia

Director of Scholarly Programs and Partnerships
jgarcia [at]

John is the director of scholarly programs and partnerships. He oversees the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture (PHBAC) and the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) and is responsible for building relationships between AAS, scholars, organizations, and institutions. He served as president of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School and is on the editorial board of Commonplace: the journal of early American life. His research has been supported by fellowships from AAS, Library Company of Philadelphia, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the New York Public Library, and the Ford Foundation. He has published essays on a variety of topics related to the history of the book and early American literature. He previously held teaching appointments at California State University, Northridge and Florida State University, and worked briefly in the antiquarian book trade. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Critical Theory from the University of California, Berkeley.

Providence, RI
United States

Elected to AAS
April 2022