Tatiana M.F. Cruz

Assistant Professor and Interdisciplinary Program Director of Africana Studies
  • Critical Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies


  • Ph.D., History, University of Michigan
  • Graduate Certificate, African American and Diasporic Studies, University of Michigan
  • M.A., History, University of Michigan
  • B.A., History & American Studies, Williams College

About Me

I am an historian that specializes in Critical Race, Ethnic, Diaspora, and Gender Studies. My research centers on 20th century African American and Latinx social movements. I joined the Simmons faculty in 2021 as an Assistant Professor and Interdisciplinary Program Director of Africana Studies in the newly formed Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies in the Gwen Ifill College.

I also currently hold a Fellowship for Faculty Diversity at the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), where I am working to develop a regional consortium for reparative justice in New England colleges and universities and initiatives to nourish and uplift BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) faculty.

Research/Creative Activities

My scholarship reflects the intersections of African American, Latinx, women’s, urban, and social movement histories, as well as Critical Race, Ethnic, and Diaspora studies. I position my research at the crossroads of racial formation, postwar urban community development, and social movements during and after the classical civil rights era. My work contributes to the scholarship on northern struggles for freedom as well as intervenes in the rapidly growing field of comparative African American-Latinx relations.

My research centralizes the city of Boston as a major site of resistance in the long freedom struggle. The book manuscript I am working on is the first historical monograph to examine the comparative and relational history of African American and Latinx racial and political identity formation, community development, and mobilizations for racial justice in the city in the postwar era (with a focus on the 1960s and 1970s).

My work has been supported by the Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation), Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Boston’s College’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.