Prof. Garcia Lozano
Garcia Lozano
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Justice
Phone number
(212) 621-3754
Room number
New Building, Room 9.63.26

PhD, Marine Science and Conservation, Duke University

M.S., Environmental Studies, Florida International University

B.S., Psychobiology, Florida Atlantic University


Dr. Garcia Lozano (they/any pronoun) is an interdisciplinary social scientist and environmental anthropologist whose work focuses on human-environment relations and on the politics of natural resources. Some of their areas of expertise include small-scale fisheries, collective action, social organization in fishing, labor in seafood production, and the politics of environmental governance including climate change adaptation and ecological restoration. Before coming to John Jay, Dr. Garcia Lozano was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, affiliated with Arizona State University and Conservation International, where they led a collaborative multi-institutional research project on the challenges for decent work in fishing. Prior to that, Dr. Garcia Lozano conducted doctoral research examining the history and politics of fishing cooperatives in Mexico, as well as master’s research on the involvement of multiple actors in the co-management of small-scale fisheries in Costa Rica. Dr. Garcia Lozano entered this field of inquiry through interests in human-wildlife conflicts and work experiences in wildlife rehabilitation. Their future work will continue looking at social justice issues in oceans governance as well as climate change and environmental conservation in South Florida and New York City.

JJC Affiliations
Environmental Justice Minor
Courses Taught

ANT 315: Systems of Law, Justice and Injustice Across Cultures (Governing the World's Oceans)

EJS 200: Earth Justice, Introduction to Sustainability Studies

Professional Memberships

International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)

Society for Applied Anthropology

American Association of Geographers


Spanish (native), English
Scholarly Work

Garcia Lozano, A., Méndez-Medina, C., Basurto, X., & Tovar, M. T. (2023). Problemáticas: Multi-scalar, affective and performative politics of collective action among fishing cooperatives in Mexico. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

Garcia Lozano, A., Decker Sparks, J. L., Durgana, D. P., Farthing, C. M., Fitzpatrick, J., Krough-Poulsen, B., McDonald, G., McDonald, S., Ota, Y., Sarto, N., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Lout, G., Finkbeiner, E., & Kittinger, J. N. (2022). Decent work in fisheries: Current trends and key considerations for future research and policy. Marine Policy, 136, 104922.

Méndez-Medina, C., Garcia Lozano, A., Weaver, A. H., Dyck, S. R. V., Tercero, M., Nenadovic, M., & Basurto, X. (2021). Understanding Collective Action from Mexican Fishers’ Discourses: How Fishers Articulate the Need for the State Support and Self-Governance Capabilities. International Journal of the Commons, 15(1), Article 1.

Basurto, X., & Garcia Lozano, A. (2021). Commoning and the commons as more-than-resources: A historical perspective on Comcáac or Seri fishing. In P. K. Nayak (Ed.), Making Commons Dynamic: Understanding Change Through Commonisation and Decommonisation (pp. 167–190). Routledge.

García Lozano, A., Smith, H., & Basurto, X. (2019). Weaving governance narratives: Discourses of climate change, cooperatives, and small-scale fisheries in Mexico. Maritime Studies, 18(1), 77–89.