Lizbeth de la Cruz Santana


Position Title
Graduate Student in Spanish, Associate in Spanish

609 Sproul Hall


Dr. Robert Irwn, Ph.D.


Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana is a second-year Ph.D. student of Spanish at UC Davis. She previously obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees at California State University, Fresno where she majored in Spanish. While studying at Fresno State she was senior editor for Revista Literaria Austral, Editor-in-Chief for The Collegian’s La Voz de Aztlán, graduate student representative in the President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity, Media Director for Caravana 43 Fresno and active member and officer of various student clubs and organizations. At UC Davis she hopes to further explore the connection of Testimonial Literature to State Terrorism and Human Rights represented through literature in Latin American countries. Additionally, her interest in her cultural background has led her to focus on Mexican Literature, Xicano/a Literature and in Border Studies through ample fieldwork in the U.S. – Mexico border. 

In the summer of 2017, De La Cruz participated as a Graduate Research Assistant for Humanizando la Deportación (, a bi-national effort to put a human face to deportation in the Tijuana, Mexico – U.S. border.

Through the HArCS Dean’s Summer Fellowship, the Mellon Summer Research Fund and the GSoC Summer Research Award De La Cruz has worked as the project coordinator for DACAmented: DREAMs without Borders - Digital Storytelling Project ( This platform serves scholarship and activism purposes through documenting the experience of undocumented youth in the United States who have benefited from the deferred action program known as DACA.


  • M.A. in Spanish, California State University, Fresno
  • B.A. in Spanish, California State University, Fresno


  • Mexican Literature
  • Xicanx Literature
  • Border Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Testimonial Literature


  • Spanish 001 and 002 - Elementary Spanish
  • Spanish 100 -  “DACAmentados: DREAMs sin fronteras – De lo personal a lo público” (Guest Lecture)
  • Spanish 033 - “La frontera invisible de la memoria: El caso de 'DACAmented: DREAMs without Borders' " (Guest Lecture)
  • Spanish 001A and 001B - Elementary Spanish (California State University, Fresno)


  • [Forthcoming] “DACAmentados: Sueños sin fronteras - Proyecto de narrativa digital.” II Congreso Cultura en América Latina, Autonomous University of Baja California; Mexicali, Mexico.
  • Quique Cruz visita Fresno State en el 41er aniversario del 9-11 chileno.” Community Alliance Newspaper, October 2015. Fresno, California.
  • Manifestantes proclaman “Peña assassin” en Francia.” Community Alliance Newspaper, August 2015. Fresno, California.
  • Los días de terror en Chile tras el golpe de estado del 11 de septiembre de 1973.” Community Alliance Newspaper, July 2015. Fresno, California.
  • Revista Literaria Austral - Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Autumn 2014, Spring 2014.
  • The Collegian's La Voz de Aztlán - Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015.


  • Mellon Public Scholars Fellowship, 2019
  • Hemispheric Institute on the Americas Summer Research Award, 2018
  • Digital Humanities Institution Reading and Writing Group Award, 2017-2018
  • Mellon Summer Research Fellowship, 2018
  • Graduate Student of Color Research Award, Summer 2018