|Division||Social Sciences Division|
|Affiliations||Feminist Studies Department, |
Latin American & Latino Studies,
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
|Web Site||Academia.com Page for Cindy Cruz|
|Office||McHenry Library, rm 3167|
|Office Hours||M 11:30-1pm; T 11-2pm and by appt|
|Campus Mail Stop||Education Department|
|1156 High Street|
Santa Cruz, CA
U.S. Third World and Decolonial Feminisms
Schools and LGBTQ youth
Digital Queer Youth
Youth and Violence
Latinos in the Education Pipeline
Violence against LGBTQ Communities
Biography, Education and Training
My research focuses on youth resistance, pedagogy, and testimonial narratives in urban educational spaces, with particular attention paid to the life experiences of LGBTQ street youth. I am also engaged in the conversation of how we represent youth of color in educational research, where deficit and other culture of poverty models often divest youth and their communities of agency or naturalize discourses of criminalization and poverty. It is through ethnography where I am able to engage and extend the work of US third world feminists in the spaces where multiple, oppositional and the often contradictory experiences of LGBTQ street youth intersect and overlap, where it is not a singular experience with race or homophobia that young people are experiencing, but often an interlocking and intersecting system of power that defines their reality. Much of my research focuses on these intersections, and is my attempt to theorize the often violent experiences of simultaneous, differential oppressions in pedagogical and curricular research and in my rethinking of resistance and agency.
My new project looks at violence in and outside of the schoolyard for LGBTQI youth. I am also interested in the acquisition of digital literacies with street youth and other non-dominant youth communities and developing feminist models of coalition with pre-service teacher credential students.
Honors, Awards and Grants
2012 Antonia I. Castaneda Prize, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (Best New Article)
2012 Article of the Year, Queer Studies Special Interest Group, AERA
Cornell University Provost’s Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008
- LGBTQ Street Youth Talk Back: A Meditation on Resistance and Witnessing. QSE: The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 24(5), 547-558.
- Notes on Immigration, Youth and Ethnographic Silence: Stories of LGBTQ Migrant Youth. Theory into Practice, v. 47, no. 1, 2008.
- The locker room : Eroticism and exoticism in a polyphonic text. QSE: The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education Volume 11, Issue 1, 137-153, 1998
- Toward an epistemology of a brown body. QSE: The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, v. 14, n. 5, 657-669, 2001.
- Cruz, C. and McLaren, P. (2004). Queer bodies and configurations: Toward a pedagogy of the body. In McLaren, P. (editor) Red Seminars: Radical Excursions into Educational Theory, Cultural Politics, and Pedagogy. Creskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press.
- LGBTQ Street Youth Doing Resistance in Infrapolitical Worlds
- LGBTQ Youth of Color Video making as Radical Curriculum: A Brother Mourning His Brother and a Theory in the Flesh
Paper Presentation: LGBTQ Youth Talk Back: Thinking about Resistance in Tight Spaces, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA., 2015.
Paper Presentation: Moving U.S. Third World Feminism Forward: The Struggle of New Teachers in a Pedagogy of Coalition. American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, CA, November 2, 2014.
Roundtable Discussion: Continuing the conversation: Doing LGBTQI and ally work in the Ph.D. program and beyond. Invited Talk at the American Educational Research Association Meeting Graduate Student Council Chair Fireside Chat, April 28, San Francisco, CA.
Latinos and Education
LGBTQ issues in Schools
Feminist and Decolonial Methodologies
Race and Social Inequality
Social and Cultural Theory in Education
Courses TaughtEduc 256 Advanced Qualitative Analysis
Educ 135 Gender and Education
Educ 181 Race, Class, Culture in Education
Educ 207 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
Educ 254 Critical and Alternative Epistemologies in Educational Research
Educ 173 Critical Pedagogy
Educ 295 Critical Theory and Education