Liliana Garces


  • Received the Palmer O. Johnson Award (2013) from the American Educational Research Association for an article of outstanding importance to education research.
  • Received the Early Career Award (2015) from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
  • Served as counsel of record for the research community in four different amicus curiae briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, including a brief filed in Fisher v. University of Texas by 823 social scientists.
  • Featured nationally on National Public Radio (NPR) and in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and other media outlets.

Liliana Garces is associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin and affiliate faculty at the University of Texas School of Law. Her research focuses on the intersection of law and educational policy related to access, diversity, and equity for underserved populations. She also examines the use and influence of social science research in law.

Her scholarship is published in a variety of outlets, including education and law journals, policy reports, and books. Before becoming a faculty member, she worked as a civil rights lawyer and a judicial law clerk in federal district court. She holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University, a juris doctor from the University of Southern California School of Law, and a bachelor of arts from Brown University.