Berkeley English Graduate Students

Frank Eugene Cruz

Frank Eugene Cruz

PhD Candidate, R&C Instructor

Cafe Milano
Mon 1:00 - 2:00 & Thurs 10:30 - 11:30

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Cruz, Frank. "Let Them Eat Code (Or, Silicon Valley Goes to Hollywood)." Tiny Mix Tapes. 5 Nov. 2015. Web. <>.

Cruz, Frank Eugene. ""In Between a Past and Future Town": Home, The Unhomely, and The Grapes of Wrath." Reprint. The Grapes of Wrath: A Re-Consideration, edited by Michael J. Meyer, Rodophi, vol. 1, 2009.

---. ""In Between a Past and Future Town": Home, The Unhomely, and The Grapes of Wrath." Steinbeck Review 4.2 (2007): 52-75. Project MUSE. <>.



Current Research

Frank Eugene Cruz holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) and an instructor in the English department. His dissertation, Steinbeck’s America: Permanent Crisis and Late-Capitalist Popular Culture reads contemporary U.S. popular culture intervention into social locations of “permanent crisis” (racial, ecological, economic, and political) through the “grapes of wrath cultural formation.” From Roosevelt’s New Deal state apparatus, through Reagan’s “morning in America,” to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ “Green New Deal,” Steinbeck’s America documents the roots and routes of the return of the ghost of Tom Joad in order to analyze the ways in which the cultural productions of the grapes of wrath cultural formation have occupied and unsettled the American popular imaginary over the last eighty years, reconsider the canonicity of John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel, and reclaim contemporary popular culture as a potential location of diachronic resistance against the politics of amnesia, the ecology of fear, and our late-capitalist event-horizon of permanent crisis. In addition to his dissertation work, Cruz is also developing a second project, which is tentatively titled “Mad Men: Masculinity, the American Dream, and the Myth of Starting Over from Horatio Alger to Jay-Z.” Frank was raised in Oxnard, California and is a proud father of three boys, a rock and roll singer, and a pedestrian safety advocate.

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