I’m a political theorist and PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. I’m advised by Tiffany Willoughby-Herard.

I work primarily in the theories of culture, aesthetics, and media, and how we can use these theories as tools to help us understand sociopolitical phenomena in relation to postwar metropolitan America. I also have side interests in critical pedagogy.

Aside from my scholarship, I serve as chair of the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience Council for the School of Social Sciences. I am also active with UAW Local 2865, where I sit on the political organizing committee. Finally, I am a member of my department’s Race and Ethnicity Politics Reading Group and was the organizer in the 2019-2020 school year.


Email: mkgard@uci.edu
Twitter: @mchllgrdnr
Office: SST 609

Department of Political Science
5229 Social Science Plaza B
Irvine, CA 92697-5100