Jorge Cruz

Jorge Cruz

Graduate Student



Jorge was born in Southern California and raised in rural West Texas. He received his B.A. from Texas Tech University where he studied Spanish literature and an M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles where he studied Latin American Studies. As a master’s degree student, he worked on the Voces of a Pandemic oral history project to collect stories from the Latina/o community in Southern California affected by the Coronavirus. He is an incoming doctoral student at UCLA and a recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship.


  • BA, Spanish, Texas Tech University
  • MA, Latin American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles


His research explores how queer Chicanx/Latinx artists are reimagining notions of masculinity and identity in the rural borderlands through art and photography.

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar (Brazil)
  • Gilman Scholar (Spain)
  • Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar (CSULA)
  • Latinx Project Summer Research Fellow (NYU)
  • Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship (UCLA)