In addition to the Political Science Department at Rockefeller College, Professor Jose Cruz is affiliated with the Department of Latin American, U.S. Latino, and Caribbean Studies (LACS) at the College of Arts and Sciences. Under LACS, he directs the New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet), a research consortium based at the University at Albany conducting and sponsoring research focused on Latinos in New York State, and the Latino Political Barometer (LPB), an annual regional survey of political values, attitudes, and behavior of Latinos. His research is about Latino political participation in the Northeast, focusing on Puerto Ricans in New York and Connecticut.
In particular, Cruz's research explores the role of race and ethnicity in the political process, how minority elites fashion political alliances, and the role of leadership in bridging the gap between political representation and policy responsiveness.
Cruz, Jose. “Latino Voting in the 2004 Election: The Case of New York,” (with Cecilia Ferradino and Sally Friedman), Latino Research Review 6:3 (2007-2008): 7-36;
Cruz, Jose. “Latino Politics in Connecticut: From Political representation to Policy Responsiveness,” in Andres Torres, ed., Latinos in New England, pp. 237-252 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006);
Cruz, Jose. “Interminority Relations in Legislative Settings: The Case of African Americans and Latinos,” in Anani Dzidzienyo and Suzanne Oboler, eds.
Cruz, Jose. Neither Enemies nor Friends, Latinos, Blacks, Afro-Latinos pp. 229-246 (New York: Palgrave, 2005).