Maya Cruz

A photo of Dr. Maya Cruz smiling in a white top and black pants, standing alongside her service dog Rosalie, a black standard poodle in a blue vest.

Maya Cruz

Provost's "Fellow to Faculty"

Hagerty Hall 450

Areas of Expertise

  • Feminist Science and Technology Studies
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Health and Medical Justice

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.

I am currently a Provost’s “Fellow to Faculty” in Comparative Studies working at the intersections of Race, Health Equity, and Science and Technology Studies. In 2025, I will become an Assistant Professor in the Department.

Prior to joining the Department of Comparative Studies, 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). Alongside my academic career, I have experience doing social justice organizing, research, policy development, and board governance with community-based reproductive justice and community health organizations in Toronto, Canada and across the Bay Area, California.