Scholarly Works

Dr. Mendoza-Garcia collaborated with the Webb County Heritage Foundation to produce a documentary entitled History and Folklore. It was released in 2021. This six part documentary features her dancers performing folklórico in front of different historic landmarks of Laredo. A synopsis of the history of each landmark is detailed followed by Dr. Mendoza-Garcia’s narrative description of each state of Mexico presented. To watch this documentary please click on the Facebook link below and scroll down to the documentary series.

Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia
Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia

In 2021, Dr. Mendoza-Garcia presented her collection of traditional and indigenous Mexican costumes at the Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum in Laredo, Texas. Dr. Mendoza-Garcia in conjunction with the Webb County Heritage Foundation produced a full-color booklet called History and Folklore. This booklet includes photos of her costume collection with a QR code that when scanned shows Dr. Mendoza-Garcia speaking about the collection on your i-phone. Please contact the Webb County Heritage Foundation (956) 727-0977 to request a copy.

Wanting to honor the life of her aunt Sanjuanita Martínez-Hunter Ph.D., who was her role model and inspiration, Dr. Mendoza-Garcia edited her aunt’s dissertation which was submitted in 1984. This book is called Dancing Throughout Mexican History (1325-1910) and was published in 2018.

“The Jarabe Tapatio: Imagining Race, Nation, Class, and Gender in 1920s Mexico.” It was published in 2016 in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity.

“The Jarabe Tapatio: Imagining Race, Nation, Class, and Gender in 1920s Mexico

In 2015, Dr. Mendoza-Garcia wrote an article entitled “Creation, Growth, and Inspiration the Beginnings of the Asociacion Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos (1974-1976).”

Her doctoral dissertation entitled “ Bodily Renderings of the Jarabe Tapatio in Early Twentieth-Century Mexico and the Millennial United States: Race, Nation, Class, and Gender was submitted in 2013.

Her research interests include analyzing the politics behind the United States Chicano Movement and how it intersected with folklórico dances, folklórico as a political statement in the 21st century United States, Alura Flores de Angeles “Godmother of Mexican Dance” and her costume collection.