Jose Cruz

José E. Cruz, PhD

Associate Professor
Specialization: American Politics
Department of Political Science

219 Milne Hall | 518-442-5377

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About Professor Cruz

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In addition to the Political Science Department at Rockefeller College, Professor José E. Cruz is affiliated with the Department of Latin American, U.S. Latino, and Caribbean Studies (LACS) at the College of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on Latino political participation in the Northeast, focusing on Puerto Ricans, on social movements in Spain and the United States, and on the politics of diasporic citizenship. His first book, Identity and Power: Puerto Rican Politics and the Challenge of Ethnicity (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998), explored the relationship between ethnic identity, political mobilization, and political empowerment. In 2000, Cruz co-edited Adiós Borinquen Querida: The Puerto Rican Diaspora, Its History and Contributions(Albany, NY: CELAC), with Edna Acosta Belén, et al. This book examines the Puerto Rican experience in the United States from multiple disciplinary perspectives including political science, literature, sociology, and media studies. Professor Cruz is also the editor of Latino Immigration Policy: Context, Issues, Alternatives (Albany, NY: NYLARNet, 2008). This volume compiles the papers presented at a conference on immigration held in November 2006 sponsored by the New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet). In 2009, the New York State Political Science Association granted the Best Faculty Paper Award to Professor Cruz for his paper "Pluralism and Ethnicity in New York City Politics: The Case of Puerto Ricans."

Professor Cruz’s most recent publications are Liberalism and Identity Politics: Puerto Rican Community Organization and Collective Action in New York City (New York: Centro Press, 2019) and Puerto Rican Identity, Political Development, and Democracy in New York, 1960-1990 (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield 2017). During the Summer of 2015 Professor Cruz began a study abroad program in Madrid, Spain, focusing on the comparative study of urban politics and Latin American immigration. He is currently working on four research projects: on immigrant political incorporation, celebrations of citizenship, social movement politics in Madrid, and Puerto Rican radical politics in New York.

Selected Publications

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  • Cruz, Jose E. "Gilberto Gerena Valentín Remembered," Centro Voices, February 26, 2016.
  • Cruz, Jose E. "Introduction: The Making of Gilberto Gerena Valentín: Labor Politics, Military Service, and Political Activism," in Gilberto Gerena Valentín: My Life as a Community Activist, Labor Organizer, and Progressive Politician in New York City, edited by Carlos Rodríguez-Fraticelli, xii-xxxix. New York: Center For Puerto Rican Studies, 2013.
  • Cruz, Jose E. “Pluralism and Ethnicity in New York City Politics: The Case of Puerto Ricans,” CENTRO 23:1 (Spring 2011): 5-35.
  • Cruz, Jose E. “Barriers to Political Participation of Puerto Ricans and Hispanics in Osceola County, Florida: 1991-2007,” CENTRO 22:1 (Spring 2010): 243-285.
  • Cruz, Jose E. “Puerto Rican Politics in New York City During the 1960s: Structural Ideation, Contingency, and Power,” in David F. Ericson, ed., The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion, Identity Politics in Twenty-First Century America. New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • Cruz, Jose E. “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 E. “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 E. “Interminority Relations in Legislative Settings: The Case of African Americans and Latinos,” in Anani Dzidzienyo and Suzanne Oboler, eds. Neither Enemies nor Friends, Latinos, Blacks, Afro-Latinos, pp. 229-246 (New York: Palgrave, 2005).
  • Cruz, Jose E. “Latinos in New York State: Demographic Status and Political Representation,” (2009) and “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Puerto Ricans in the Quest for the New York City Mayoralty,” (2008).