Cruz Medina

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Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition

Santa Clara University

Cultural rhetorics and digital writing, decolonial theory, multimodal composing, pedagogy, critical race theory

“Identity, Decolonialism, and Digital Archives.” Composition Studies, vol. 45, no. 2, 2017, pp. 222-225. link

Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency. Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.  Google Books

“Contexts of Lived Realities in SB 1070 Arizona.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, vol. 4, no. 2, 2015. (with Aja Y. Martinez)

“(Who Discovered) America: Ozomatli and the Mestiz@ Rhetoric of Hip Hop.” Alter/nativas, vol. 1, no. 2, 2014.

“Family Profession.” College Composition and Communication (Sept. 2013) link


Santa Clara University

Cruz teaches courses on writing studies, cultural rhetorics, rhetoric of storytelling, and multimodal composing.

Bread Loaf School of English, Santa Fe, NM

Teaching Multimodal Composing 

Multicultural Digital Storytelling 

Cruz Medina is currently co-chair of the NCTE/CCCC Latinx Caucus. He is assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Santa Clara University, where he is a Bannan Scholar of Ethnic and Racial Justice for the Ignatian Center. For the past two summers, Cruz has taught graduate courses through the Bread Loaf School of English in Santa Fe, the Master's in English program of Middlebury College. In 2017, Cruz received the M. Ruth Marino Chair's award from the Bread Loaf program for innovations in teaching.