Charlene Cruz-Cerdas

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow

Charlene Cruz-Cerdas


Charlene Cruz-Cerdas is a Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Department of Administration Leadership and Technology. She obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She holds a Master's degree in Sociology from Penn and Bachelor's degrees in Political Science as well as Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Cruz-Cerdas is interested in understanding racial, gender, and class inequality in higher education by studying how college educated millennials fare in the labor market. In "The Elusive Equalizer: How Racial and Gender Inequality Persists among College Educated Millennials", she investigates the accumulation of student debt among women of color as well as millennials' levels of financial stress. In "Taking Care of Our Own: Negotiating Marginalization in the Puerto Rican Community in Philadelphia", she conducted qualitative study looking at how a community based organization negotiates political and economic marginalization in the Puerto Rican community of Philadelphia.

Before coming to New York University, Dr. Cruz-Cerdas spent two years at Dartmouth College, first as the Cesar Chavez Dissertation Fellow 2014-2015 at the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies program and later as a Visiting Scholar 2015-2016. In addition, the University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity named her Exemplary Diversity Scholar in 2015.