- Medina, Cruz, and Octavio Pimentel, editors. Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media. Logan: Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP, 2018, http://ccdigitalpress.org/shorthand.
- Medina, Cruz. Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency. Palgrave MacMillan, 2015. Print.
- This monograph examines Latin@ popular culture by those artists reclaiming the trope of poch@ as they resist political rhetoric portraying Latin@s as lacking in education and citizenship.
- Rhetoric Society Quarterly (review by Romeo Garcia)
- Reflections (Review by Victor del Hierro(1))
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
- “Poch@: Latin@ Blogs in the Decolonial Archives.” Rhetorics of Decolonization: Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy. Eds. Ruiz, Iris and Raúl Sánchez. Palgrave MacMillan. (forthcoming Dec 2016).
- This chapter examines the decolonial potential for knowledge creation in the digital writing environment of blogs by analyzing writing by Latinx scholars (Google Books).
- “Day of the Dead: Decolonial Expressions in Pop de los Muertos.” Routledge Companion of Latina/o Pop Culture. Ed. Frederick Aldama. Routledge, 2016: 370-380.
- A chapter on the rhetoric of Dia de los Muertos in an edited collection for Routledge press.(35CHAPTER32_MEDINA)
- Abisalih, Claire, Cyrus Dudgeon and Cruz Medina. “Santa Fe Spotlight: Multimodal Writing in the Digital Age.” Bread Loaf Teacher Network Journal, no. 6, 2016.
- Medina, Cruz and Aja Y. Martinez. “Contexts of Lived Realities in SB 1070 Arizona: A Response to Asenas and Johnson’s “Economic Globalization and the ‘Given Situation.’” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society. 4.2. (2015): Web.
- This response essay advocates for the ethical consideration of the lived experiences of the people of Arizona affected by SB 1070.
- “Teaching Jimmy Santiago Baca.” Latino/a Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches to Teaching. Ed. Frederick Aldama. Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2015. 271-274. Print. (
- This chapter outlines the teaching of Jimmy Santiago Baca’s literacy narrative “Coming into Language” by applying the Xikano paradigm developed by Tucson High School’s Mexican American Studies program.
- Medina, Cruz. “Tweeting Collaborative Identity: Race, ICTs, and Tweeting Latinidad.” Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication. Eds. Miriam F. Williams and Octavio Pimentel. Amityville: Baywood, 2014. Print.
- The chapter analyzes how information communication discourse privileges a white, middle-class male voice, while demonstrating how the Information Communication Technology (ICT) of Twitter provides a space for increased clarity between Latin@ students as a part of the performance of Latinidad.
- Medina, Cruz. “(Who Discovered) America: Ozomatli and the Mestiz@ Rhetoric of Hip Hop.” Alter/Nativas: Latin American Cultural Studies Journal. 2 (2014): Web.
- This article examines the mestiz@ rhetoric embodied in the hip hop of the music group Ozomatli by analyzing the politically conscious lyrics of selected songs in the context of the groups role as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. and other mainstream success.
- Medina, Cruz. “The Family Profession.” College Composition and Communication. 65.1. (2013): 34-36. Print.
- This piece came as a response to the CCC call for vignette, small-scope narratives placing emphasis on experiential knowledge. I critically reflect on my experience of paternity leave in relation to my position as graduate student, new father, educator, scholar, and second generation Chicano/a English instructor.
- “Nuestros Refranes: Culturally Relevant Writing in Tucson High Schools.” Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning. 12.3. (2013): Print.
- This article argues that culturally relevant student writing that responds to a prompt about dichos, or proverbial sayings in Spanish, illustrate rhetorical strategies of subversive complicity when analyzed through a decolonial framework. Written by students at multiple Tucson High schools, the student publication Nuestros Refranes serves as the site of analysis, demonstrating how students navigate institutions governed by subjugating policy.
Work In Progress
- Medina, Cruz (Ed). Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media. Computers and Composition Digital Press. (accepted by press, with Octavio Pimentel).
- “Validating the Consequences of Social Justice Pedagogy: Explicit Values in Course-Based Grading Contracts.” Theoretical Interrogations of Social Justice and Technical Communications. Eds. Haas, Angela and Michelle Eble. Chicago Press. (w/Kenneth Walker). (under review)
- “Digital Testimonio: Latin@ Multimodal Storytelling.” Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination in Social Media. Eds. Medina, Cruz and Octavio Pimentel. Computers and Composition Digital Press. (accepted by press)
- “Introduction.” Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination in Social Media. Eds. Medina, Cruz and Octavio Pimentel. Computers and Composition Digital Press. (accepted by press with Octavio Pimentel).
Book Reviews and Responses
- My Response in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing and Service-Learning to Octavio Pimentel’s featured article “An Invitation to a Too-Long Postposed Conversation: Race and Composition.”
- I reviewed The Writing Program Interrupted: Making Space for Critical Discourse,” Edited by Donna Strickland and Jeanne Gunner for the print and online edition of Composition Studies journal. PDF: Medina_Strickland and Gunner.
- I reviewed Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America,” by William A. Nericcio for the print edition of Hispania. PDF: hispania text mex
- This Rhetorical Life podcast interview with writer Ana Castillo, November 2016. http://thisrhetoricallife.syr.edu/episode-33-cruz-medina-interviews-ana-castillo/
Newsletters and Student Publications
- I co-edited the student publication Nuestras Refranes/This We Believe as a part of the GEAR UP grant in Tucson, Arizona. In this publication, students contributed writing based on dichos that helped them succeed in and out of school.
- I wrote an article for the NCTE Latina/o Caucus newsletter Capirotoda entitled “In the Majority,” which documented the participation of caucus members at the New Directions Conference and march against SB 1070 in Tucson, Arizona.
Current list (9-25-15) of recent Latin@ Caucus Publications