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Cruz Medina

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Cruz Medina

Assistant Professor


Cruz Medina is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the department of English at Santa Clara University. Cruz teaches writing for the first generation college student program (LEAD Scholars), a bilingual writing course, and courses on digital writing. This past summer, Cruz taught a graduate course at the Bread Loaf School of English in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His research includes multicultural rhetoric and digital writing. His book Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency (Palgrave 2015) looks at the popular culture that responded to anti-Latino legislation in Arizona, which included the ban on Mexican American Studies at Tucson High School. Cruz is currently co-editing a digital collection called Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination in Social Media on misrepresentations of people of color online as well as the digital writing by communities of color for Computers and Composition Digital Press, the digital imprint of the University of Utah press. In addition, Cruz collects data on the perceptions of race and citizenship at a church in Oakland where Cruz has volunteered as a teacher of English for a predominantly Guatemalan immigrant population. His writing has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Present Tense, Reflections and other journals and collections.