Lisa Garza

Lisa Garza, Ph.D.

Department Head, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice

Department Head, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: Old Main, Room 414B
Phone: 806-651-2593
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30PM - 3:30PM

Professional Profile

Dr. Garza joined the College of Education and Social Sciences in 2014. She received a BA in Psychology in 1985 and an MEd in Counseling in 1987 from WTAMU and a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1995 from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to coming to WTAMU, she was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. 

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Garza teaches numerous courses on social inequality. Specifically, she teaches Social Stratification, Racial and Ethnic Relations, Social Movements and Collective Behavior, Chicano Studies, American Indian Studies, Deviance, and Gender Inequality.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Garza’s research interests include the Chicano Movement, Chicanas in the Chicano Movement, Latino education, and first-generation students. She is currently working on research on the Chicano Movement in Colorado and on Radical Tejanas and their influence on the Chicano Movement. 

Personal Sketch

Dr. Garza is passionate about issues of social justice, working in her community, and believes it is imperative for individuals to learn their history, culture, and the importance of giving back to their communities.