J.F. García was raised in South Texas, where he was educated in public schools before attending the University of Texas at Austin. There he studied music, literature, and languages. He received a doctorate in Classics at Princeton University with a dissertation on early Greek poetry and language.
García's current interests include folklore and traditional verbal arts, epic and balladry, and Native America. Here at the University of San Francisco he teaches Ancient Greek language, Classical literature and culture, and, on occasion, Spanish.