Faculty Profiles

Dr. Bárbara Cruz

Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz, Professor, Social Science Education

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Email: bcruz@usf.edu
Office: EDU 302-J;
Phone: (813) 974-2817

Dr. Cruz’s work in teacher education includes multicultural and global perspectives in education, English language learners, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the infusion of the arts across the curriculum.  Dr. Cruz has published a number of young adult biographies of inspirational Hispanics, including César Chávez: A Voice for Farm Workers and Multiethnic Teens and Cultural Identity for which she received the Carter G. Woodson Book Award from NCSS. 

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Recent Publications

Bailey, R.W., & Cruz, B. (2017). An LGBT-inclusive social studies: Curricular and instructional considerations. Social Education 81(5), 296-302.

Mead, S., Ellerbrock, C. R., & Cruz, B.C. (2017). Discussing Global Issues through Contemporary Art. The Social Studies 108(2), 72-77.

Busey, C.L., & Cruz, B. (2017). Who is Afro-Latin@? Examining the Social Construction of race and négritude in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Social Education 80(6), 31-36.

Cruz, B.C. (2017). Simón Bolívar: Fighting for Latin American liberation. New York: Enslow Publishers.

Busey, C.L., & Cruz, B. (2017). A shared heritage: Afro-Latin@s and Black History (reprint). In L.J. Scott & K.J. Carrillo (Eds.), Afro-Latinx and the media: What the media teaches our kids about race, class, and gender identity. NY: Peter Lang Publishing.  

Bardo, N., & Cruz, B. (2017). Experiencing a different field: Cultural capital and the classroom. In S.G. Grant, J. Lee, and K. Swan (Eds). Teaching Social Studies: A Methods Book for Methods Teachers (pp. 215-222). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Cruz, B.C. (2016). César Chávez: Civil Rights Activist.  New York: Enslow Publishers.

Ellerbrock, C.E., Cruz, B.C., Vásquez, A., & Howes, E.V. (2016). Preparing culturally responsive teachers: Effective practices in teacher education. Action in Teacher Education, 38(3), 226-239, DOI: 10.1080/01626620.2016.1194780.

Cruz, B.C., & Ellerbrock, C.R. (2015). Developing visual literacy: Historical and manipulated photography in the social studies classroom. The Social Studies 106(6), 274-280.

Busey, C.L., & Cruz, B. (2015). A shared heritage: Afro-Latin@s and Black History.  The Social Studies 106(6), 293-300.

Cruz, B., Smith, N., & Ellerbrock, C. R. (2015). “I have never witnessed students so engaged”: The art of democracy in schools. Art Education 68(6), 9-15.

Cruz, B. (2015). The problem we continue to live with: Advancing diversity conversations in our classrooms. Educational Leadership 72(6), 16-21.

Cruz, B.C. (2015). The Fight for Latino Civil Rights. New York: Enslow Publishers.

Inside Art Curricula

Cruz, B., Ellerbrock, C., & Mead, S. (2017). David Claerbout, arts-social studies curriculum, InsideArt, Contemporary Art Museum, USF. 

Cruz, B., Ellerbrock, C., & Mead, S. (2016). Histories/Histórias, arts-social studies curriculum, InsideArt, Contemporary Art Museum, USF. 

Cruz, B., Ellerbrock, C., & Mead, S. (2016). Extracted, arts-social studies curriculum, InsideArt, Contemporary Art Museum, USF. 

Cruz, B.C., & Thornton, S.J. (2015). Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Skills for English Learners and Native Speakers. Silver Spring, MD: NCSS. 

Cruz, B., Ellerbrock, C., & Mead, S. (2015). A Family Affair, arts-social studies curriculum, InsideArt, Contemporary Art Museum, USF.

Cruz, B., Ellerbrock, C., & Smith, N. (2015). Enhanced!: The Art of Manipulated Photography, arts-social studies curriculum, InsideArt, Contemporary Art Museum, USF. 

Cruz, B., & Smith, N. (2014). CAM@25: Social Engagement, arts-social studies curriculum, InsideArt, Contemporary Art Museum, USF. 

Cruz, B., Smith, N., Travis, S., & Gonzalez, V. (2013). SubRosa: The Art of Resistance, arts-social studies curriculum, InsideArt, Contemporary Art Museum, USF. 

Cruz, B. (Developer and Editor). (2012). Commemorating Florida’s Quincentenary in Tampa Bay: Commemorating Ponce de León’s Exploration of Florida in 2013, curriculum developed for the State of Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Commission.

Cruz, B., & Howes, E. (2012). Mark Dion: Troubleshooting, arts-social studies-science curriculum, InsideArt, Contemporary Art Museum, USF.

Cruz, B., Goodrick, J., & Aybar, R. (2010). Carlos Garaicoa: La Enmienda Que Hay en Mi, arts-social studies curriculum, InsideArt, Contemporary Art Museum, USF.