Denise Cruz is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She is a scholar of gender and sexuality, with special interests in the Philippines and Asian American literature. Her work covers a range of subjects, from connections between the rise of English literature and women’s suffrage in Manila, to the vibrant world of Filipino high fashion, to the strategies Asian American authors use to represent regional, national, and transnational communities. She is the recipient of the Ford Foundation predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships, teaching awards from the University of Toronto and Indiana University, the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, and most recently, an Innovative Course Design grant from the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation for the online redesign of her large lecture course in Asian American literature. Her courses consider how the study of literature—as a collective and community-building endeavor—can engage a global and transnational world.
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