John Garcia

John J. Garcia (Ph.D, UC Berkeley) is Director of Scholarly Programs and Partnerships at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society founded in 1812 by the Revolutionary War printer Isaiah Thomas. Garcia directs the AAS Program in the History of the Book in American Culture and the Center for Historic American Visual Culture, both of which are leading institutes in their respective fields. He is past President of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School and has received major fellowships to study the history of the book from the American Antiquarian Society, the Bibliographical Society of America, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the New York Public Library, Rare Book School, and the Ford Foundation. He also worked briefly in the New York antiquarian book trade as director and rare book cataloger at Donald Heald Rare Books, Prints, and Maps. He is currently writing a critical history of the early American book trade, portions of which have been published in Criticism, Early American Studies, and Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America