Cynthia
Cruz
University of California, Santa Cruz
Position: 
Assistant Professor
Department: 
Department of Education

Cindy Cruz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at UC Santa Cruz. As an urban ethnographer, her work looks at the embodied practices of resistance in homeless LGBTQ youth communities, violence and youth, problems in testimonio methodologies, and the school-to-prisons pipeline. She is also interested in decolonial feminist theory, community-based learning, youth participatory action research, race and schooling, and U.S. Third World feminisms.

U.S. Third World Feminisms and Pedagogies; Testimonio; Schools and LGBTQ youth; Homeless youth; Youth and Violence; Latinos in the; Education Pipeline; Schools to Prisons Policy; Violence against LGBTQ Communities; Decoloniality and Education.

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“I’m really interested in participatory action research with youth, about developing these kind of youth research projects where youth are doing the research instead of us looking at youth or on youth; this is about looking with youth.”