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.
Dr. Mendoza-Garcia’s most current research is entitled “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.
In 2015, Dr. Mendoza-Garcia wrote an article entitled “Creation, Growth, and Inspiration the Beginnings of the Asociacion Nacional de Grupos Folkloricos (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.
She is currently researching the ways in which Mexican folkloric practitioners made a political statement during the Chicano Movement, as well as researching the manner in which modern dance brought cultural awareness to members of the Orchesis Dance Club of Martin High School in 1960s Laredo, Texas.