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Department ofEnglish

Cruz Medina

Cruz Medina
Associate Professor

Dr. Medina is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the English department at Santa Clara University. As a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, Dr. Medina is critical in approach, and his research interests include digital writing and multicultural rhetoric, focusing on issues of social justice, race and pedagogy. His book Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency (Palgrave 2015) addresses issues of citizenship, education and politics related to Latin@s in the U.S. Currently, Dr. Medina is co-editing and edited collection for Computers and Composition Digital Press (CCDP) on (mis)representations of race and technology.


  • PhD Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English University of Arizona
  • MFA/MA Creative Writing (Fiction)/English, Chapman University
  • BA German Language and Literature/English (minor) University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Introduction to Writing Studies and Digital Publication
  • Social Justice and Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Writing (iPad Pilot Program)
  • Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency (2015)
  • “Tweeting Collaborative Identity: Race, ICTs, and Latinidad.” Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication (2014) Preview
  • “(Who Discovered) America: Ozomatli and the Mestiz@ Rhetoric of Hip Hop.” Alter/nativas   (Feb. 2014)   link to article
  • “Nuestros Refranes: Culturally Relevant Writing in Tucson High Schools.” Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning (Fall 2013)   link with access Table of Contents
  • “Family Profession.” College Composition and Communication (Sept. 2013) link with access