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Maya Cruz

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Maya Cruz

Assistant Professor - Provost's Fellow


450 Hagerty Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Feminist Science and Technology Studies
  • Feminist Pedagogy


  • PhD in Cultural Studies and Science and Technology Studies, University of California, Davis (2022)
  • Master of Information Studies, University of Toronto (2016)

As an interdisciplinary scholar of Feminist Science and Technology Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, I’m passionate about understanding the relations of power that hold our technoscientific worlds together, while imagining the futures of social justice that might yet come. My research uses feminist science praxis, reproductive justice, and disability justice frameworks to analyze the technical infrastructure, data cultures, and scientific knowledge of US scientific research programs on Mars, particularly around issues of computer vision, artificial intelligence, human and machine autonomy, and the material histories and structures of coloniality. I also maintain an active research agenda in feminist pedagogy.

I am currently an Assistant Professor - Provost’s “Fellow" in Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University working at the intersections of Race, Health Equity, and Science and Technology Studies. In 2025, I will become an Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies.

Prior to joining the Department of Comparative Studies at OSU, I was a Lecturer at Stanford University in the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, teaching courses in Feminist Science and Technology Studies and women of color feminist theory. I received my PhD in Cultural Studies with emphases in Science and Technology Studies and Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis, where I was a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellow. I hold a Master of Information degree from the Faculty of Information in the iSchool at the University of Toronto, and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy with Distinction from Simon Fraser University (Canada).