Cindy Cruz

Cindy Cruz is an associate professor in the Department of Education at UC Santa Cruz. She is a critical ethnographer and her work with LGBTQ street youth is grounded by her use of testimonio methodologies, U.S. Third World feminisms, and critical pedagogy. She received her doctorate from UCLA in 2006, was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University through 2008, and is a member of the Decolonial Feminisms Research Group at UC Berkeley and the Human Rights and Decolonial Feminisms Research Cluster at UC Santa Cruz. In a previous life, she was a high school English teacher in LAUSD. Her work has been recognized with the Antonia Castañeda Prize from the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies in 2012 and the 2012 Best New Article of the Queer SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Her work can be read in Excellence & Equity in Education, Curriculum Inquiry, QSE: The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology (edited by Dolores Delgado Bernal and Sofia Villenas), Theory into Practice, the Encyclopedia of Lesbianism, Body Movements: Pedagogy, Politics and Social Change (edited by Sherry and Svi Shapiro), and the Los Angeles/Berkeley-based queer ‘zine JOTA.

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