Dr. Tatiana M.F. Cruz is historian of race and gender in modern U.S. culture. Her areas of specialty include African American history, Latinx history, and 20th century social movements. At Lesley, Dr. Cruz teaches the survey courses in United States History, as well as the upper-level seminar courses like African American History and Rethinking the Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Cruz is currently working on a manuscript that examines African American and Latinx racial formation, community development, and grassroots mobilizations for racial justice in Boston during the 1960s and 1970s. Most recently, she has held fellowships at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Boston’s College’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program. Prior to coming to Lesley, she taught a range of diverse learners at Boston College, Endicott College, and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Cruz holds a Ph.D. in History, a M.A. in History, and a Graduate Certificate in African American and Diaspora Studies from the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in History and American Studies from Williams College.