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Adrian Cruz
Adrian CruzAssistant Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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    (978) 934-4000
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Research Interests

Race and ethnicity; immigration; historical sociology; Latina/Latino studies; Asian American studies; working class issues


Adrian Cruz’s research interests are driven by one overarching question: What are the sources of social inequality? To provide answers to this question, Cruz primarily studies race, ethnicity, and immigration. His research ranges from historical case studies to current racial and immigration issues. He is the author of articles primarily focused upon the historical struggle of racial and ethnic minorities of the working class. His most recent article, published in Race & Class, is titled “Labour Militancy Deferred: Racial State Interventions and the California Farm Worker Struggle.” He has given paper presentations at various conferences, such as the Social Science History Association Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada (2014) and the Eastern Sociological Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland (2014). ?Cruz’s first book manuscript, “Racialized Fields: Asians, Mexicans, and the Farm Labor Struggle in California”, applies a historical sociological lens to the plight of Asian and Mexican farm workers in twentieth century California.? Cruz is involved in a wide variety of initiatives within the UMass Lowell community. In 2015, he served as a founding member of the first campus Center of Race and Ethnicity, which is focused upon issues of concern to people of color in the U.S. Furthermore, the Center for Race and Ethnicity aims to draw out a global perspective on race that builds up UMASS Lowell’s growing curriculum and increasing focus on diverse peoples around the world. Cruz took on the role of the Sociology Department’s Honors Coordinator and serves on the Honors College Curriculum Committee. He is also a core member of the faculty group for the Labor Studies program. Cruz instructs engaging and rigorous courses on the topics of Sociology of Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, as well as an Honors level Introduction to Sociology course.?

Selected Publications

  • Cruz, A. (2016) "Borderlands: Contested Crossings, Contested People.,"
  • Cruz, A. (2016) "On the Job: White Employers, Workers of Color, and Racial Triangulation Theory.," Sociology Compass 10 pp. 918
  • Cruz, A. (2016) "The union within the union: Filipinos, Mexicans, and the racial integration of the farm worker movement.," Social Movement Studies 15:4 pp. 361 - 373
  • Cruz, A. (2014) "Labour militancy deferred: racial state interventions and the California farm worker struggle," Race & Class 56:1 pp. 43–58
  • Cruz, A. (2014) "The Ties That Bind: Filipinos, Mexicans and the Racial Integration of the Farm Worker Movement,"
  • Cruz, A. (2010) "There Will be No 'One Big Union': The Struggle for Interracial Labor Unionism in California Agriculture, 1933-1939," Cultural Dynamics 22:1 pp. 29-48
  • Cruz, A. (2009) "Race Against Liberalism: Black Workers and the UAW in Detroit," Ethnic and Racial Studies 32:7 pp. 1287-1288
  • Cruz, A. (2007) "An Inevitable Coalition? The Merger of Two Unions and Peoples in the Farm Workers Movement," Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association pp. 1
  • Cruz, A. (2007) "Jos M. Alamillo-Making Lemonade Out of Lemons: Mexican American Labor and Leisure in a California Town 1880-1960," Left History 12:2
  • Cruz, A. (2007) "{Untitled}," Left History 12:1 pp. 175-177
  • Cruz, A. (2001) "," The Battle to be Mayor: A Case Study of Interethnic Conflict in the Lower Rio Grande Valley