Dr. Tatiana M.F. Cruz is an historian of race, gender, and social movements in modern U.S. culture. Her areas of expertise include African American and Latinx history, 20th century social movements, comparative race and ethnic studies, oral history, and women, gender, and feminist studies. At Lesley, Dr. Cruz teaches the United States History survey sequence, as well as the upper-level seminar courses such as African American History, Black/Brown Power!: Rethinking the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s to Black Lives Matter, and Voices of Black/Brown Cambridge: Methods & Practices in Oral History. She also manages the Africana Studies Minor, which she helped establish in 2018.
Dr. Cruz’s research examines the comparative and relational history of African American and Latinx racial formation, community development, and mobilizations for racial justice in Boston in the postwar era (roughly 1950s – 1980s). This 2020 - 2021 academic year, she is a Career Enhancement Fellow through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and will be on six-month sabbatical grant working on her book manuscript. She is also co-leading a professional development series for teachers at Lawrence High School that she developed called Centering Latinx Studies Pedagogy in Humanities Classrooms. The yearlong project is funded through a Mass Humanities grant.
Dr. Cruz has also 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. She 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, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.